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Rep. Marlin Stutzman, a farmer, blasts the farm bill

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Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., blasted the farm bill on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday just before the House voted to pass it, lamenting that the Senate removed most of the reforms passed by the House.

“Together, we defeated business as usual by passing the first farm-only farm bill in nearly 40 years," he said, referring to the original House version of the legislation. "Business as usual fought back and here we are today."

Stutzman said that the level of spending proposed by the current measure was unacceptable, particularly since it combined food stamps with farm programs.

“Not only does this farm bill recombine food stamps and farm programs, it actually spends even more than the bill the Senate passed," he said.

Stutzman, a fourth-generation farmer from a farm state, voted against the bill.

“As a farmer and a conservative, I will not vote to take a step backwards,” he said.

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