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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico

Rep. Lujan Grisham Floor Remarks in Opposition to GOP Farm Bill

May 16, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Lujan Grisham Floor Remarks in Opposition to GOP Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) delivered remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives to voice her opposition to H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 which leaves farmers, ranchers, and vulnerable Americans behind, and call for a return to bipartisanship.

Below is a link to the video and transcript of her remarks:

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“Mr. Speaker, I came to Congress to solve problems and create economic opportunities for New Mexico which is still struggling with one of the highest unemployment and poverty rates in the nation.

“We had a chance in this Farm Bill to do just that, and I have worked for years on an array of bipartisan initiatives in this bill, including creating the first ever broadband grant program to increase internet access in rural communities; expediting the adoption of innovative conservation and water management technologies; and finally banning the heinous practice of Lunch Shaming.

“Unfortunately, the bill you brought to the floor today not only jeopardizes all of that bi-partisan work, it also includes provisions that will cause so much pain to so many people in my state.

“This bill creates new restrictions on SNAP eligibility and a massive unfunded mandate on state bureaucracies which will further destabilize an already broken SNAP system in New Mexico.

“I have spent years working to hold my state accountable for their mismanagement of SNAP and for illegally denying thousands of individuals their benefits.

“Under this bill, those mistakes will become much more common, millions of Americans will be needlessly kicked of SNAP, and more children and families would go hungry.

“Mr. Speaker, it may be politically expedient to bring this partisan bill to the floor that destroys SNAP as we know it.

“But passing a partisan bill that will undoubtedly die in the Senate does nothing for the Americans who wait for Congress to do their jobs.

“This bill is the perfect reflection of what is wrong with Washington—that politics will always take priority over progress.

“I urge my colleagues to recommit to the bi-partisan, collaborative work that is desperately needed by farmers, ranchers, and vulnerable Americans in every single one of our districts.

“That is the only way we will pass a Farm Bill and fulfill our commitment to the constituents we have a duty to serve.

“I yield back.”