First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz took to the House floor today and had some choice words for his colleagues in the Republican-led House when it comes to the farm bill.
"The one thing I hear from my constituents when I talk to them out in southern Minnesota is is it too much to ask you folks just do your job?" Walz asked.
The existing farm bill is set to expire at the end of this month and the House and Senate have yet to agree on a final proposal. The House stripped funding for food stamps from its farm bill and passed a separate bill cutting funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $40 billion over the next 10 years. The deep cuts came after House members defeated a proposed farm bill that included $20 billion in cuts to food stamps.
Walz said the Senate passed its farm bill four months ago and the House Agricultural Committee did the same thing but "that wasn't good enough. We came to this floor, we created drama, we tried to make being hungry a sin and now you've got a monstrosity."
The Mankato Democrat said it's time to conference the different bills and come up with a compromise "that we can both equally dislike, but at least it serves the people and moves something forward."
He ended his 1 minute, 14 second speech saying ,"The time is now. The farm bill is waiting, people are hungry and producers are growing food. Pass a farm bill."