NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is defending his vote against the farm bill, saying he didn't believe the legislation did enough to cut food stamps or to help Arkansas' agricultural industry.
Speaking to the Arkansas Farm Bureau at a day-long candidate forum Tuesday, Cotton said he didn't think the nearly $100 million dollar a year legislation did enough to reform the food stamp program and cut its costs. Cotton was the only member of the state's congressional delegation to vote against the legislation earlier this year.
Cotton is trying to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor this fall. Pryor has criticized Cotton for his vote against the measure.
The farm bureau planned to hear from candidates from the state's top offices throughout the day.