(NAFB)--Twenty-seven House members signed a letter urging House and Senate farm bill conferees to keep farm policy and nutrition policy separate in the future. The House farm bill put farm programs on a five-year reauthorization track with nutrition programs on a three-year track. The Senate bill would reauthorize both programs for five years. The Senate approach is supported by farm, conservation and nutrition groups. Indiana Republican Marlin Stutzman - the lead signatory on the letter - said Washington is 17-trillion dollars in debt and taxpayers deserve an honest conservation about how Congress spends their money. Instead of passing trillion dollar spending packages that are farm bills in name only - Stutzman said we should consider food stamps and farm policy separately. He said the Conference Committee shouldn’t reverse the historic victory for transparency in the House earlier this year.
Republicans from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.