Congress Passes Farm Bill


This week, Congress passed a compromise Farm Bill that is expected to be signed by President Trump. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 87-13 and the House approved it by a vote of 369-47. The $867 million spending measure rejects stricter work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, that were sought in an earlier House version of the bill. It also provides ongoing subsidies to farmers, who have been struggling of late with commodity prices, giving them a level of certainty going forward.  

Current work requirements (80 hours per month) for recipients of food stamps that are able-bodied between the ages of 18 and 49 will remain in place. The Farm Bill, which must be renewed every five years, provides funding for important agricultural programs in addition to programs such as SNAP. The previous farm bill provisions officially expired on September 30th. The MCC thanks its MOCAN members for their efforts in raising concerns to legislators about the stricter work requirements in the earlier version of bill.

December 19, 2018 - 1:06pm

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