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Statement of Rep. John Lewis on the 2018 Farm Bill

May 18, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, by a vote of 198 to 213.  Rep. John Lewis strongly opposed this flawed legislation and issued the below statement following the vote:

“Earlier today, the House Republican leadership once again turned their backs on thoughtful, good policy and on the American people as they chose to cut $20 billion to fight hunger and poverty and leave the American farmer behind in order to pay for their unprecedented and irresponsible tax cuts for the rich and wealthy.  

“Families in our country look to Congress for support, protection, and guidance – especially when it comes to legislation that feeds and supports the health and nutrition of our nation.  This bill was yet another example of how congressional Republicans forget their values, abandon the voters, and ignore the needs of Americans in every corner of our nation.  Thankfully, the House Republican leadership came up short again, and the American people were spared.  

“This most recent failure is an opportunity for Republican leaders to return to the drafting table and reach across the aisle.  There are many Democratic Members who are prepared to roll up our sleeves and do good work – the people’s work.  In Congress, we have consensus on legislation addressing hunger, nutrition, immigration, voting rights, and gun violence.  Every week, we wait for House votes on these and countless other bipartisan solutions that respond to the needs and concerns of each person in our nation – not just a select few.  Time is of the essence, and it waits for no one.”