SNAP Starves for Leadership
Jul 15, 2013
I had hoped that the passage of a separated farm bill by the House would move the stalled process forward and get a bill to committee where it could be put back together. While that could still happen it still looks like we are a long ways from getting a new five year bill done. It remains to be seen if and when House leadership will name conference conferees. They may first try to pass a separate nutrition bill that would probably not be acceptable to Democrats. Even if a farm bill got to and out of committee it would probably have a hard time getting final passage. After all these months of debate the same issue remains unresolved. How much will be cut from nutrition spending? A conference bill would likely lean towards the smaller cut proposed in the Senate bill making it unlikely to pass in the House. Bigger cuts won't likely pass the Senate or get by the White House. Of course Congress could take the path of least resistance and do nothing. Nutrition programs could continue through the appropriations process and some type of extension of the commodity title could be passed. Those wanting reform may have missed their chance with an all or nothing approach. While we wait for a bill that helps feed us we continue to starve for political leadership.