WASHINGTON, D.C. (KCBD) - The District 19 Congressman Jodey Arrington will be one of the legislators who will serve on a conference committee that will draft a compromise farm bill in hopes of sending it to the president before the current bill expires at the end of September.
Arrington was appointed to the committee by Paul Ryan, speaker of the House of Representatives, according to a news release from Arrington's office. This bicameral and bipartisan committee will negotiate terms of a new bill that will include parts of the already passed House and Senate bills.
"My goal on this conference committee is to ensure a viable and responsible safety net for all commodities, invest in critical infrastructure to sustain rural communities, provide necessary tools to defend against trade inequities, and make long-overdue reforms to the food stamp program to encourage able-bodied adults to work," Arrington said in the release. "I am committed to finalizing a Farm Bill that will enable U.S. farmers and ranchers to continue to strengthen our economy, maintain our food and fiber independence, and restore the dignity and value of work in America."
Other representatives who will serve on the conference committee includes Mike Conway, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Glenn Thompson, Bob Goodlatte, Frank Lucas, Mike Rogers, Austin Scott, Rick Crawford, Vicky Hartzler, Rodney Davis, Ted Yoho, David Rouzer, Roger Marshall, Virginia Foxx, Rick Allen, John Shimkus, Kevin Cramer, Jeb Hensarling, Sean Duffy, Ed Royce, Steve Chabot, Mark Walker, James Comer, Bob Bishop, Bruce Westerman, Ralph Abraham, Neal Dunn, Jeff Denham and Bob Gibbs.
"As a new member of the Agriculture Committee, Jodey has proven in a short time to be a champion for agriculture and rural America, and a leader who is passionate about moving people from welfare to work," Ryan said in the release. "That's why I chose him for this role and I look forward to working with him on this landmark legislation to provide stability for our farmers and upward mobility for more Americans."