Chairman Debbie Stabenow of the Senate Agriculture Committee says Congress needs to complete a five-year farm bill now. She spoke on the eve of a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on a bill to cut food stamps by $40 billion. Reuters reports the vote is expected this week.
Formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the food stamps program helps both the employed and the unemployed, Stabenow said in remarks broadcast Wednesday by C-SPAN.
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"For those who have lost their job, SNAP is a short-line lifeline while they search for a job," Stabenow says.
She called out Republican leaders in the House and said the 16 million people employed in U.S. agriculture "do not deserve this," referring to partisan political moves.
"We in America are better than the debate that is being waged in the United States House of Representatives."
No one would suggest cutting firefighting budgets to keep wildfires in check, Stabenow says, so it doesn’t make sense to cut food stamps when the real solution for fighting hunger is to create good-paying jobs.