House Votes on SNAP, Farm Bill Conference Next?Published by on
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 19, 2013) - Following this Thursday's vote in the House of Representatives on the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, the American Soybean Association called on the House to quickly name its conferees with the Senate and get to work reconciling the farm and food legislation in the two chambers. The House bill represents the nutrition portion of farm legislation split off earlier this summer in an attempt to pass individual, freestanding bills. ASA President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss., issued the following statement:
“Now that the House has moved through its farm and food bills, it is time to get to work passing a single piece of comprehensive legislation that provides farmers the certainty they need to continue producing and making the long term investments needed for a steady and reliable source of safe and affordable food, fiber and fuel on which our friends and neighbors in communities across the country depend. This process has gone on for more than three years now, and we still have no long-term legislation in place. That is entirely too long. The current farm bill, which already been extended once by Congress, expires on September 30 and with it authority and funding for key market development, conservation, agricultural research, and price support programs. These are the real consequences of Congressional inaction, and we expect the House to appoint its conferees as soon as possible, and we call on both chambers to work across party lines to craft a bill that addresses the needs of both farmers and consumers.”
Representative Tim Walz, (D-Minn), Ranking Member of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, also had words:
"While I believe there is room to make reforms to the nutrition program, I also believe that no one should go hungry in America. This partisan, divisive bill unnecessarily punishes hardworking American families, their children, veterans, and senior citizens who are struggling to put food on the table, which is why I opposed it today.
“It’s time for the Tea Party led House to stop the political games and start doing the work. America needs a Farm Bill that will give both producers and consumers certainty. The time is now to appoint a Farm Bill conference committee and pass a bipartisan, long-term Farm Bill into law.”
Three fourths of households receiving SNAP benefits include a child, senior citizen, or someone who is disabled. SNAP recipients, on average, currently receive $1.40 per meal, or $4.20 a day.
Under the proposed Tea Party plan, 32,000 Minnesotans and 4 million Americans nationwide (including 170,000 veterans) could lose their SNAP benefits and go hungry.
The current Farm Bill expires at the end of September.
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