After a contentious version of the federal farm bill passed the House along party lines Thursday, Republican Rep. Doc Hastings hailed the legislation as progress.
“The House today made clear its commitment to our growers and farmers, while working to bring fiscal sense to the federal government,” Hastings said in a prepared statement.
But critics, such as Washington Sen. Patty Murray, said the bill was unprecedented in its failure to address federal food aid policy, such as food stamps.
“The farm bill passed by the House today puts politics before people,” Murray said in a news release. “For the first time in 40 years, on a strictly partisan basis, the House version of this important bill does not include any food assistance for millions of low-income families who rely on federal help to put food on the table each day.”
Hastings said the bill benefits Central Washington growers and processors by continuing investments in agricultural research and specialty crops, such as tree fruits and vegetables. The bill also continues investment in pest management programs and trade promotion programs.