What positive outcome could possibly result from the U.S. House of Representatives passage of a farm bill last week that increases payments to farmers not to grow food, but eliminates any assistance whatsoever to help feed the nation’s low-income families?
For more than 30 years, urban and rural interests have collaborated to balance and renew agricultural subsidies with nutrition programs. But House Republicans have broken this agreement by passing a farm bill that provides only financial support for farmers.
The House bill heartlessly eliminates the entire federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is commonly known as food stamps. The program has ensured our most vulnerable citizens have access to a supply of healthy food produced by farmers.
SNAP’s demise would create a disaster for millions of Americans and place a huge burden on locally supported hunger programs and food banks.
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Kudos to Rep. Denny Heck for his opposition to splitting up the traditional farm bill.
We hope the U.S. Senate and President Obama kill this bad idea quickly and let the two chambers begin to work on a compromise.