Farm bill passes; Flake Fairness Amendment fails

H.R. 2419, the Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act, passed the House 231 191.

Aye: Pastor, Grijalva, Giffords
No: Renzi, Franks, Shadegg, Mitchell, Flake

Jeff Flake called the bill bloated and said that the prospects of this Congress enacting any kind of meaningful reform of any important issue are dim. His amendment with Ron Kind of Wisconsin failed 117 309; among supporters was Harry Mitchell.

Meanwhile, Gabrielle Giffords praised passage of the bill: It cuts wasteful subsidies for the rich while increasing funding for specialty crops grown on family farms. Giffords said the bill had the support of the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation, Pima County Farm Bureau, the Defenders of Wildlife, and the Cochise County Farm Bureau.

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