Sen. McConnell votes in favor of Farm Bill

Sen. McConnell votes in favor of Farm Bill
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) secured resources for Kentucky in a government funding bill that passed the Senate on June 25. (Source: Congress.gov)

WASHINGTON (KFVS) - Joined his colleagues on the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) voted in favor of the Farm Bill.

During the meeting, the senator discussed his legislation to legalize industrial hemp.

"Supporting Kentucky's agriculture communities, this legislation will provide certainty to thousands of farm families while also protecting important tools like crop insurance," said Sen. McConnell. "After today's important vote, Kentucky farmers are one step closer to having the opportunity to tap into the growing hemp market. By securing my hemp provision in the Farm Bill, we are building upon the successes of the hemp pilot programs and encouraging the great potential of this versatile crop. I would like to thank Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts for his work on this victory for our farmers, processors, and manufacturers. I look forward to considering this legislation on the Senate floor so we can continue to see new products with Kentucky-grown hemp in our state and throughout the nation."

Earlier today, the Senator spoke on the Senate floor.  The following are his comments as prepared for delivery for today's Senate Agriculture Committee meeting:

"Thank you, Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member Stabenow, for your leadership to get us to this point. Because of your commitment to a fair and bipartisan process, we have the opportunity to pass a landmark farm bill that will benefit communities throughout the country.

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