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MT Delegation React To Farm Bill Defeat

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Montana's Congressional Delegation reacted to the Farm Bill's defeat in the U.S. House Thursday.

In a 234-195 vote, the House voted against a five-year, half-trillion dollar farm bill. The bill called for a $2 billion annual cut to the Food Stamp Program. That provision drew criticism from both Republican and Democrats. Republicans criticized the cut as not deep enough, while Democrats expressed concerns that many people could be ejected from the food stamp roll.

In a statement, Sen. Max Baucus (D) said farmers need "certainty they can take to the bank", saying that ranchers are already operating with no support to recover from the 2012 droughts because of Congress's failure to renew the bill last year.

Sen. Jon Tester (D), in a statement, said that it is "high time for the House to get on board and support Montana's number one industry", after the Senate passed the bill in a bipartisan manner.

Rep. Steve Daines (R) also echoed Baucus and Tester's criticism, saying it is "unacceptable that Congress continues to stand in the way of providing our ag producers and rural communities with a long-term solution."