Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill underscores conservation, protecting public lands

Jun 29, 2018
Yesterday’s Senate passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 3042) with strong bipartisan support provides the foundation for a conference with the House bill, the hyper-partisan Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018.

The Wilderness Society released the following statement from National Forest Defense Campaign Manager Megan Birzell.

“Often lost amidst the controversy over food stamps and subsidies is the reality that the farm bill sets the tone for how our national forests are managed. In stark contrast to the House, the Senate has passed a bipartisan bill that largely rejects controversial forest management policies.

“The Senate farm bill proves that bipartisanship is not completely dead and reflects the public lands values that Americans hold dear – clean water, exceptional recreation opportunities, and abundant wildlife. We applaud Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow for doing the hard work of compromise and keeping the most controversial attacks on our public lands out of the bill.

“Looking ahead to a conference committee, the Senate bill should be the foundation of any conference report. We call on leadership to reject extreme attacks on public lands that could derail this important piece of legislation.”

Michael Reinemer, 202-429-3949