Hirono, Rounds, Ernst

The farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Hirono: (12:28 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.
    • "Take a look at the president's tweet. He believes the Supreme Court is an extension of his political party. Last March he reiterated, quote, we need more Republicans in 2018, he said, and must hold the Supreme Court. Any nominee from this president comes to us with this taint attached. The president is not the only one to politicize the courts. Neil Gorsuch would never have made it to the supreme court if not for the majority leader whose proudest achievement according to him is Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court."


Senator Rounds: (12:41 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "Stability and certainty for our farmers, which this farm bill helps to provide, is crucial as they do their part to feed and fuel a growing global population. I'd like to thank Chairman Pat Roberts, Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow and all the other members of the Senate Ag Committee and their staff who worked tirelessly to get this market-oriented bill to the floor for consideration by the full Senate body. This bipartisan bill will provide much-needed certainty to our Ag community at a very pivotal time when the Ag economy is facing significant challenges. The Ag economy is down more than 50% over the past five years and the numbers don't look much better for 2018."


Senator Ernst: (12:51 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "And in trying times, it is essential that we provide farmers and ranchers with the certainty and the predictability they need and they deserve. These folks helped guide my priorities for this bipartisan farm bill which maintains a robust crop insurance, it makes improvements to commodity programs, and it promotes soil health and water quality. I'm thankful that several of my provisions and amendments can be found within this bill. Long overdue reforms to the conservation reserve program will refocus the program's intent on highly erodible and environmentally sensitive land and provide opportunities for the next generation of American farmers to access land to build economically viable farm operations."