Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Farm bill passes House Committee

With food stamp bill GOP once again promotes work requirements that don't work Rep. Marcia Fudge deconstructs the attack on food stamp recipients for her Republican colleagues on Wednesday
Melinda Barton | 21 April, 2018, 06:33

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The House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2018 farm bill. All committee Democrats oppose SNAP provisions in the proposal and voted against the bill.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says as the bill heads to the floor, he hopes the House recognizes the long-term certainty it provides for America's farmers, just as it preserves nutrition programs for people who need help feeding themselves and their families. The current Farm Bill expires in September 2018, so Congress is now engaged in numerous philosophical debates about the allocation of resources and who is deserving of assistance.

She says funding was cut as well for the farmers market local food promotion and the national organic cost share programs, which are also important for beginning farmers.

Moore: You can go back to the '95/'96 farm bill process, you can go back to the '94 USDA reorganization process, different steps and different issues along the way, and regardless of who's in the majority, you see a fairly straight party-line vote with legislation coming out of the committee. On the SNAP side, it proposes tying SNAP benefits to complicated and highly restrictive work requirements that would essentially kick thousands of households in Colorado off their already limited benefits. "It'd be better if we had a new bill because there's some things wrong with the 2014 bill that needs to be corrected". ASA continues to follow efforts to pass a new farm bill in the House of Representatives.