Sen. Franken Praises Senate Passage of Five-Year Farm Bill
Farm Bill, Which Includes the Senators Provisions, Will Give Minnesotas Farmers the Economic Certainty They Need
U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said the five-year Farm Bill passed by the Senate today reforms federal farm programs, strengthens the farm safety net, and gives Minnesota's farmers the certainty they need to plan for the future.
The legislation, which cuts $24 billion in spending, also contains several key provisions Sen. Franken authored to help Minnesota.
This year, Sen. Franken helped author the energy section of the bill, which will produce jobs and growth in Minnesota's agriculture energy sector. He also successfully fought to preserve the federal sugar program by voting to ensure that vital protections remain in place for sugar growers. The sugar industry contributes thousands of jobs and almost $5 billion to the economies of Minnesota and the region.
"This legislation is a very good outcome for Minnesota's farmers, who need the certainty that comes with a five-year Farm Bill, and I'm pleased the Senate was able to get this done," said Sen. Franken. "I'm proud to have helped author the energy section this year, which will produce jobs and growth in agriculture energy-advanced biofuels, wind, biomass-the whole nine yards. That's good for Minnesota, because we're leaders in those technologies, and it's good for the entire country because it will decrease our dependency on foreign oil."
"Also, I'm very glad that we were able to successfully defeat an attempt to gut the U.S. sugar program, which is vital to Minnesota's economy and keeps jobs from being shipped overseas," continued Sen. Franken. "We need to protect American sugar and American jobs and we did just that."
The bill passed the Senate Monday 66-to-27. Sen. Franken said he hopes the U.S. House of Representatives will take up and pass the Farm Bill in a timely manner.