The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released a press release today supporting the passage of the farm bill in the Senate with a 64-35 vote in favor of the bill.
NSAC thanked supporters who took important grassroots actions, ensuring that our voices were heard in the Senate process:
All of these improvements would not have happened without significant citizen engagement in the process. “NSAC thanks all of the farmers and grassroots activists who took action in support of reform and a sustainable farming future,” said Hoefner. “Without the countless calls and emails from people doing the hard work of building sustainable food systems in their communities, many of the reforms in the bill would not have been included,” noted Hoefner.
Now our eyes turn to the U.S. House of Representatives, who are expected to pass their version of the bill out of Committee during the week of July 9, after the holiday recess.
Of the House Leaders, NSAC stated:
“Our message to the House leaders is very simple,” said Hoefner. “Now is not the time to hit the pause button, now is the time to roll up your sleeves and get the bill done on time and in proper order. The current farm bill expires on September 30, giving the House exactly 17 legislative days to take up and pass the bill before expiration, assuming Committee passage the week of July 9. The hour is late. It is not yet time to hit the panic button, but the hand must come off the pause button or there will be no bill this year.”
Read the rest of the Press Release here via NSAC: For Immediate Release: NSAC BACKS PASSAGE OF SENATE FARM BILL, ENCOURAGES URGENT HOUSE ACTION – NSAC.
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