Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1998

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: May 22, 1998

Statement on House of Representatives Action on Agriculture Legislation,
May 22, 1998

I am deeply disappointed that today the House did not approve the conference report on the agricultural research bill. This carefully crafted legislation balances a broad range of agricultural and nutrition concerns including: crop insurance, agriculture research, rural development, and food stamps for legal immigrants in need. It provides critical funding to ensure the viability of the crop insurance program as the basis of the farm income safety net; to improve food safety and the competitiveness of our farmers through better research; to restore needed food stamps to children, the elderly, and disabled, and refugees among our legal immigrants; and to improve the quality of life in rural areas.

I am grateful that the House today overwhelmingly defeated a rule that would have stripped the food stamp immigrant provisions from the bill and destroyed the delicate compromise in the conference report. Support across the country for these programs and this bill is wide and deep. Today’s vote in the House and the Senate’s overwhelming vote of 92-8 in passing the conference report is a reflection of the strong backing by farm groups, universities, church organizations, and advocates for the poor.

The House leadership today let down farmers, let down consumers, and let down the children, elderly, and disabled who need the food assistance contained in this bill. I urge the House of Representatives to complete its work and move expeditiously to pass the conference report without change, upon return from the Memorial Day recess.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on House of Representatives Action on Agriculture Legislation, May 22, 1998," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1998 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 29, 1998 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998), 34:2540 Original Sources, accessed July 1, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5MC3BWCIFYL6CPW.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on House of Representatives Action on Agriculture Legislation, May 22, 1998." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1998, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 29, 1998 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998), 34:2540, Original Sources. 1 Jul. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5MC3BWCIFYL6CPW.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on House of Representatives Action on Agriculture Legislation, May 22, 1998' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1998. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 29, 1998 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998), 34:2540. Original Sources, retrieved 1 July 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5MC3BWCIFYL6CPW.