Sen. Franken Very Pleased House Finally Passes Bipartisan 5-Year Farm Bill
Senator Says Senate Should Act Quickly
Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) praised the House for coming together to pass a bipartisan five-year Farm Bill. He also called on the Senate to pass the bill and send it to the President's desk so that Minnesota's farmers, ranchers, and rural communities can get the certainty they need to plan for the future.
"I'm very pleased that the House came together and finally passed a bipartisan five-year Farm Bill," said Sen. Franken. "This bill gives farmers and ranchers badly needed certainty, and it contains several measures I fought for to help Minnesota's rural communities, including my energy provisions that will create jobs and boost our rural economy. Now it's time for the Senate to act quickly, pass the bill, and send it to the President's desk."
The legislation contains several key provisions Sen. Franken authored to help Minnesota. It includes an almost $900 million energy section, which Sen. Franken helped author in the Senate version of the bill, that will produce jobs and growth in Minnesota's agriculture energy sector.
This final bill also contains $100 million in support for farmers and ranchers who are just starting out. Sen. Franken worked hard to preserve these investments in federal programs that provide beginning farmers and ranchers with education and training, access to credit, and access to affordable land.
Finally, Sen. Franken 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 billions of dollars to the economies of Minnesota and the region.