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House Farm Bill - Funding cuts vs industry support

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The House Farm Bill draft is generating mixed reactions as it nears its markup stage. Democrats are raising concerns over potential funding cuts. 

House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott criticizes the draft, accusing Republicans of harming children and hindering environmental efforts by reducing funding for nutrition and conservation programs. Additionally, he disapproves of limitations placed on aid for farmers facing crises.

However, not all reactions are negative. The National Pork Producers Council applauds the draft, praising Chairman GT Thompson for addressing critical issues within the agricultural sector. They view the draft as an example of effective government action.

Key provisions in the draft address issues related to California's Proposition 12 and allocate resources towards protecting the nation's food supply from foreign animal diseases.

The Farm Bill's future is unclear as it heads towards markup, with opposing viewpoints highlighting potential challenges to its passage.


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