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Brady Votes for Passage of Farm Bill

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Washington, June 21, 2018 | comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. - With House passage of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) released the following statement:

“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has helped bring about the lowest unemployment rate since December 2000, but even with more jobs being created, many Americans are still sitting on the sidelines. In fact, we’ve moved from asking “Where are the jobs?” to “Where are the workers?”

"This bill provides common-sense and proven work requirements as part of eligibility for SNAP benefits, encouraging self-sufficiency. Furthermore, this bill supports our rural communities by strengthening the agriculture safety net for our farmers, ranchers and foresters while also providing significant new investments to broadband infrastructure.”


WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES: Gives Americans the opportunity to train for good-paying jobs and end their dependence on the federal government. Requires able-bodied adults on welfare to work, train or volunteer 20 hours per week to receive benefits. Provides fully-funded, guaranteed Employment & Training slots for work-capable adults. Potentially 670,000 work-capable Texans will reenter the workforce. Prioritizes broadband access and infrastructure in struggling rural areas to promote jobs and economic activity.

AGRICULTURE PRIORITIES: Helps new farmers and ranchers by enhancing access to credit and establishing a scholarship at 1890 Land Grant institutions. Establishes a new National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program to protect the health of the nation’s livestock. Encourages proper management for healthy and productive Federal, state and private forests. Maintains and improves crop insurance which is critical to the agriculture industry. Prioritizes working-lands conservation through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Strengthens the agriculture safety net and provides vital tools for trade promotion and market development. Maintains legal authority to provide assistance to farmers and ranchers affected by unfair foreign trading practices.

LIST OF SUPPORTERS:
The White House
American Farm Bureau
National Cattleman’s Beef Association
National Grocers Association
Public Lands Council
Americans for Tax Reform
Freedom Works
Foundation for Government Accountability
American Enterprise Institute
Texas Cattle Feeders Association
Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
Texas Farm Bureau
Plains Cotton Growers
South Texas Cotton & Grain Association
Texas Cotton Ginners Association
Texas Pork Producers Association
Texas Wheat Producers Association
Texas Forestry Association
Western Peanut Growers Association
Texas Grain Sorghum Association
Select Milk Producers
Texas Corn Producers Association
Texas Poultry Federation
Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association
Texas Association of Dairymen
Texas Citrus Mutual
Texas International Produce Association
Texas Vegetable Association


CLICK HERE to learn more about the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.
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