U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga) released a statement on Tuesday praising passage of the farm bill, H.R. 2642, in U.S. Congress, and thanking Georgia Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga) for their support of the legislation.
"I am pleased the Senate passed the Farm Bill conference report to put us another step closer to providing certainty and much needed reforms for all sectors of Georgia's agricultural community and consumers," said Scott. "Thanks to Georgia Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson for their votes in favor of the Farm Bill."
The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 passed Tuesday afternoon in the Senate 68-32.
Forty-four Democrats and 22 Republicans voted for the bill, and nine Democrats and 23 Republicans voted against it.
Some lawmakers opposed the bill due to what they viewed as unnecessary spending included in the legislation. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) tweeted (sarcastically) after the passage: "Congrats to special interests on the passage of the #FarmBill today, especially the sugar industry!"
The farm bill has stalled in Congress for almost three years, and many did not expect it to pass.
“Many people said this would never happen in this environment, but Congress has come together to pass a major bipartisan jobs bill,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan and chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. “This effort proves that by working across party lines, we can save taxpayer money and create smart policies that lay the foundation for a stronger economy.”
Austin represents Georgia's eight congressional district.