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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On MAGA House Republicans Breaking With Bipartisan Tradition With Their Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on MAGA Republicans in the House pushing a partisan version of the Farm Bill, breaking from bipartisan tradition. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Later this week, House Republicans on the House Committee on Agriculture intend to markup their version of the farm bill that I believe falls terribly short.

The farm bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation that Congress works on, with consequences that affect tens of millions of Americans and a broad range of interests – from farmers both big and small to nutrition advocates to climate champions and rural development advocates who rebuild local economies and create jobs – lots of jobs – in rural America. Some of these agriculture programs have helped rural parts of Upstate New York, over and over again. A good farm bill represents all the interests I just mentioned.

So, passing a farm bill has always been – and must be – bipartisan. But once again, the path Republicans – the MAGA Republicans – are taking with their farm bill breaks with the bipartisan tradition, which is always enshrined in the Ag bill. A purely partisan bill that departs from the longstanding spirit of bipartisan cooperation, unfortunately, will not have a future in the Senate.