President Obama Comments On Proposed Farm Bill
Thursday, June 14th, 2012
The President says the farm bill should provide timely certainty for rural America, including needed reforms in budget savings, and among other things, should maintain the U.S. status in global commerce.
"We've got to honor our World Trade Organization commitments and we should do it under an umbrella of reform where we can actually save some money and I think that the Senate bill's a good start," President Obama told Brownfield. "We are continuing to work with them, and hopefully we can get something done before the end of the year."
Where food assistance is concerned, the President tells Brownfield the Senate farm bill's $800 billion to be spent over the next decade will help needy families put food on the table and will benefit the farm economy.
"We think that there's a way of balancing the needs of families oftentimes who work hard, but are still having trouble supporting themselves," said the President, "combining that with the needs of an agricultural community that I think is interested in making sure everybody's got enough to eat."