Rosa DeLauro

Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is speaking.  She's a heavyweight in farm politics, due to her position as chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture.  She controls much of the money that will be spent through the farm bill.

DeLauro is praising improvements in conservation, nutrition (food stamps), and food safety.  DeLauro had introduced her own "marker bill" months ago that included her priorities.  Many of them were included in the final farm bill in the House, now under consideration.

She makes the point that food stamps feed 40% of all rural children.  That pretty much directly refutes the point that only urban lawmakers care about food stamps.  I'm not sure where that figure comes from, but it doesn't surprise me.  I have seen many figures that say rural residents are much more likely to be on food stamps than urban. 

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