Farm Bill Passes House Committee

May 16, 2013

Lawmakers in Washington are working on a farm bill. The House Agricultural Committee passed a version of legislation Wednesday to maintain the farm bill momentum. Congresswoman Kristi Noem says the new bill could save tax payers a lot of money.

United States Representatives on the Agricultural Committee passed the farm bill with bi-partisan support. Last year, the Farm bill made it through the U.S. Senate but stalled in the House. Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she supports elements included in this year’s bill.

"By making some of these common sense reforms and closing loopholes and cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse in the food stamp program; we are going to be able to save the American taxpayer over 20 billion dollars. I believe it's important that we make the federal government more accountable to American Taxpayers and this bill is a good step in that direction," Congresswoman Noem says.

Noem says she has fielded questions regarding the 2014 race for the U.S. Senate. She says right now she is focusing on her current job, and one of her priorities is getting the Farm Bill through the house this year. She projects that happens in June with a conference on the bill in July or August.