Congressman Tom Cotton

Representing the 4th District of Arkansas
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Cotton Urges Senate to Consider True Farm Bill

Jul 16, 2013
Press Release
Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772
Cotton Urges Senate to Consider True Farm Bill
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cotton released the following statement urging the Senate to consider the true Farm Bill recently passed by the House:  
“Last week, the House passed a true farm bill, freeing farm programs from an arbitrary link to food stamps—a well-intentioned program now wrought with waste and abuse—for the first time in forty years.
“This farm bill contains many important provisions for Arkansas’s timber industry. An amendment I offered expanded the underlying bill’s Good Neighbor authority by allowing state foresters to conduct timber sales on federal lands, a practice that has been severely limited over the last twenty years. Profits from these timbers sales will create jobs, help grow our state economy, and directly benefit rural school districts.  
“It also incorporates legislation that I introduced earlier this year that would prevent the federal government  from imposing new permit requirements for private timber roads. States have a 40-year track record of effectively regulating timber roads;  we should let them continue for at least another 40-years. This language protects both loggers and timber producers from unnecessary, excessive regulation.
“The farm bill passed by the House last week is an important step toward changing the status quo in Washington, D.C., but its fate now lies in the hands of the Democrat-controlled Senate. I worry this historic legislation will fall victim to partisan politics. Now that the bill has been sent to the Senate, I urge my colleagues across the Capitol to put leadership ahead of politics and pass this legislation.”