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The important work NCSL does on behalf of our states in Washington, D.C., pays big dividends for all of us. 

Senator Bruce Starr, OregonFor months, the debate on the federal farm bill was news fodder everywhere.  And NCSL was there in the heat of the debate to ensure that whatever Congress passed would preserve the ability of states to protect the safety and well being of our farmland, waterways, forests and most importantly, the health and welfare of our constituents.

NCSL also fought against limiting state categorical eligibility in the SNAP program. We were successful on both counts, and that is a victory for the states. NCSL will keep advocating on our behalf, opposing unfunded federal mandates and unwarranted federal preemption of state authority. And, we’ll keep urging Congress to follow the example of state legislators in reaching across the aisle to overcome the problems stalling congressional action on important issues.

Senator Bruce Starr
Oregon
President of NCSL

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.

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