May 18, 2018

Luján Votes Against Cuts to Vital Programs for New Mexicans

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement today after voting against the Republican Farm Bill:

We need a Farm Bill that feeds our kids and families, supports our farmers and ranchers, and creates economic opportunities in New Mexico. Every few years, we’re given the opportunity to do that by working across the aisle to craft a bill to help communities across America. Unfortunately, Republican leaders chose to abandon the bipartisan, urban-rural coalition necessary to pass Farm Bills for the past fifty years.

“This partisan bill slashes $23 billion in nutrition benefits for children and families, needlessly making it more likely that kids will go to bed hungry. Cuts and changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will lead to one million families being kicked off the program and thousands of students being denied free school meals. One in three children in New Mexico already experience hunger. We must do better.

“Farmers and ranchers across New Mexico benefit from the Farm Bill’s conservation title. Unfortunately, this bill cuts $800 million from conservation by eliminating the Conservation Stewardship Program, which helps farmers and ranchers increase crop yields and cattle gains, combat extreme weather, and be better stewards of their lands.

“We should be helping our rural communities continue to grow. Instead, this legislation eliminates programs designed to support renewable energy and energy efficiency in rural communities and creates unnecessary barriers for communities attempting to access broadband grants and loans.

“Just five months after passing a tax scam for corporations and the top one percent, Republicans want to strip food aid from children and struggling Americans. This is unacceptable.”