WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a bi-cameral panel charged with negotiating a final agreement on a new Farm Bill convenes today, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) is calling for sensible reforms and expressing optimism that common ground can be found.
The House and Senate passed different versions of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, commonly known as the Farm Bill, leading to a conference committee of lawmakers from both bodies to work out the differences. The Farm Bill Conference Committee holds its first meeting at 2:30 Eastern Time Wednesday in 1100 Longworth House Office Building. The meeting will be broadcast on C-SPAN and streamed online here.
Rep. Roby, who serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and has championed reforms to farm and food stamp policy, was selected to represent the House.
Below is the prepared text of Rep. Roby’s remarks to open the Farm Bill Conference Committee.