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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson: Forty Years of Urban-Rural Partnership Shattered by Partisan Interests

July 11, 2013
Press Release

Washington - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on the passage of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (H.R. 2642) by the U.S. House of Representatives:

"The purpose of the farm bill has always been to support rural America and feed the nation. Yet, in spite of the pleas of over five hundred agricultural organizations, faith groups and hunger advocates, the House majority chose a completely partisan approach supported by the Koch brothers that starves the nation by denying vital nutrition to the elderly, the infirmed and to our children.

"Our job in Congress is to make sure that no one in this country is, in the words of FDR, "ill-fed, ill-clothed and ill-housed." Whether you live in a rural or urban district, we must work together to help every American get the sustenance he or she needs – and that should also include the least among us."

The attached letter includes the names of over 500 organizations standing in opposition to the approach taken today by the House majority.