Tester: House needs to ‘step up and be leaders,’ pass a Farm Bill

Montana ag producers call on Rehberg to get to work

BILLINGS, Mont. – Montana farmer Jon Tester released the following statement after Montana agricultural producers today joined hundreds of other concerned Americans at a rally calling on Lobbyist Dennis Rehberg and the House of Representatives to pass the Senate’s bipartisan Farm Bill:

“Montanans today saw firsthand why the House of Representatives needs to stop making excuses and pass a responsible, long-term Farm Bill.  Farmers and ranchers across the nation are battling record drought and reeling from historic wildfires, and agriculture – Montana’s top industry – needs certainty and predictability.

“The Senate’s Farm Bill is a bipartisan, fiscally responsible plan that saves taxpayers billions.  It’s long past time for the House to stop making excuses, step up and be leaders, and stand with Montana’s farmers and ranchers.”

Tester voted to pass the Senate’s bipartisan five-year farm bill in June.  The measure, which stalled in the House, saves taxpayers $23 billion dollars.

Instead of working on a Farm Bill in the House, Rehberg ditched his responsibilities for a five-week break—and plenty of golf.

Insiders say Rehberg will take yet another break in the coming days—without passing a Farm Bill.

Montana is experiencing one of the hottest and driest summers on record.