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HYDE-SMITH URGES SENATE ACTION ON NEW FARM BILL

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, encouraged her fellow Senators to move past partisan differences and begin real work to write a new Farm Bill.

In a speech to the Senate, Hyde-Smith pointed out that an extension of the outdated 2018 Farm Bill expires September 30 and advocated writing a new Farm Bill based on the comprehensive framework unveiled last month by Agriculture Committee Ranking Member John Boozman (R-Ark.).

“The bottom line is this, Madam President—it’s time to move away from partisan disagreements and instead work on finding common ground,” Hyde-Smith said.  “It’s time to graduate from concepts and proposals and instead start advancing actual legislation.  Simply put, it’s time for Congress to enact a new Farm Bill – one that our farmers, ranchers, and rural America have been asking for for quite some time.”

For more than two years, Hyde-Smith has participated in committee hearings on Farm Bill issues and welcomed input from Mississippi producers in listening sessions.  In her remarks, Hyde-Smith reviewed the priorities that Mississippi farmers, ranchers, and rural communities want in new agricultural and rural development policies—all of which are included in the Boozman framework.

“The Farm Bill framework released by our Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member would achieve all of these things, and in a bipartisan, fiscally-responsible manner,” Hyde-Smith said.  “Times are changing.  New challenges and threats to rural America emerge every day.  This is why Congress revisits this important, multi-year legislation – to keep what’s working, fix what’s not, and eliminate what’s no longer necessary.”

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