O'Halleran Calls for Bipartisan Farm Bill, Greater Focus on Rural America

March 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, as communities across the country celebrate America’s farmers during National Ag Day, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Chair of the Blue Dog Special Task Force on Rural America and member of the House Agriculture Committee, expressed his disappointment in Congressional leaders’ failure to work together on a bipartisan Farm Bill that supports rural communities and families.

“Since 1933, Congress has passed a Farm Bill that invests in rural America and supports the men and women who put food on our tables and clothes on our backs. The Farm Bill is an opportunity to advocate for the needs of our rural communities and implement policies that will create jobs and improve life in rural America. It is a shame that leadership is refusing to work with committee members on commonsense issues like broadband deployment and access to critical programs that enable rural communities to fund everything from public safety facilities to schools and hospitals.

“I will not stand by while Congressional leaders and the President attempt to make cuts to programs that families in Arizona rely on every single day. There should be and can be no cuts to rural America. Period.

“I am concerned that the increasing politicization of the legislative process will not allow us to do the job we need to do for the American people, including growing our economy, focusing on rural economic development, and investing in our national infrastructure. The American people and our ag community are waiting for us to stand up for rural America.”

Discussions regarding the 2018 Farm Bill between Republican and Democratic leadership of the House Agriculture Committee have stalled in recent weeks. The current Farm Bill is set to expire in September if Congress fails to reauthorize it.