Food Stamps Work Rules Not in Senate Farm Bill

June 8, 2018 12:29 PM
A Senate committee released a farm bill Friday that doesn’t impose new work requirements on food stamp recipients, setting up a potential fight between the two chambers.

(Bloomberg) -- A Senate committee released a farm bill Friday that doesn’t impose new work requirements on food stamp recipients as sought by President Donald Trump and many House Republicans, setting up a potential fight between the two chambers.

The legislation adds complications to negotiations underway in the House, where a version of the bill failed last month because of an unrelated fight over immigration. Lawmakers in that chamber are seeking to revive the bill with the work requirements included.

Democrats almost universally reject new food stamp work requirements. Unlike in the House, where Republicans can pass legislation without the help of Democrats, a more bipartisan approach is needed in the Senate because the GOP has a narrow majority and often needs Democrats’ votes to pass legislation.

The farm measures in both chambers would renew for five years agricultural subsidies and government-backed crop insurance that’s popular with farmers.

"We have to show farmers we’ve got their back" by getting a law through Congress, said Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican who is chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. "We have something we think we can work with."

Pilot Programs

The Senate plan boosts funding for pilot programs that study the effectiveness of job-training for food-stamp recipients, but doesn’t change work rules nationwide. That House version changes eligibility rules for food stamps and shifts funds from food aid to job training in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The Senate’s farm bill also would lower the adjusted gross income threshold at which farmers are no longer eligible for farm subsidies to $700,000 from $900,000. In addition, it would increase funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture trade-promotion initiatives. Roberts said more money is necessary to help maintain exports as Trump threatens to impose new tariffs against major U.S. agricultural buyers such as Canada, Mexico and China.


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Spell Check

Augusta, ME
6/9/2018 10:44 AM

  Check your facts people before making snide comments and making fools of yourself!!! If we're going to talk about welfare, there are probably more than a few farmers receiving it!

Lincoln, NE
6/9/2018 08:04 PM

  SNAP, school lunch assistance for youth, Food Bank food programs, community garden production, and use of property in communities where individuals reside are all opportunities for people to produce healthy nutritious food. There is something special and rewarding when an individual has invested their time and labor to growing their own food. Politics and legislation should never be a political issue when there are hungry people anywhere in the world that deserve a meal! Feeding the hungry is a rewarding opportunity that can warm the hearts of food producers around the world. Food production can be local and doesn't have to be shipped from other global locations.

South West IA
New Market, IA
6/8/2018 07:29 PM

  Democrats love the welfare people. They need to look at the deficit. Am I the only one who can see the country is broke.


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