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Blumenthal Statement After Voting Against Farm Bill

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued the following statement after voting against the Farm Bill, which the Senate passed by a vote of 68-32. Blumenthal joined the rest of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation in opposing the bill, which is now headed for the President’s desk.

“There were too many compromises in this bill that made me cringe. The $8 billion cut to the food stamp program is shameful, and could impact more than 68,000 families in Connecticut. I consistently advocated against cuts to this program and cannot support a bill that contributes to growing inequality and insecurity in America. In addition, the bill puts the backbone of the American economy on the backburner – American farmers whose needs should always come before the needs of agribusiness. Ultimately, I am disappointed by this legislation’s failure to put small farmers and families first.”