Income Support – House and Senate Conference Considers Changes to SNAP in Farm Bill

This summer, the House and Senate enacted separate versions of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2; commonly known as the “Farm Bill”), to reauthorize farm programs and policy as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The House’s version proposes major cuts to basic food assistance under SNAP, while the Senate’s bipartisan bill does not include the House’s proposed cuts to SNAP. Last week, the Farm Bill Conference held a public meeting. Conferees shared perspectives on their efforts to produce an agreement between the House and Senate to reauthorize the Farm Bill before the current authorization expires on September 30, 2018. Visit the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry for archived video of the meeting.

In a recent op ed published in The Hill, The Arc’s Senior Director of Income and Housing Policy, T.J. Sutcliffe, and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s co-executive director, Indivar Dutta-Gupta, wrote: “The House’s partisan approach and deep cuts to SNAP not only conflict with decades of bipartisan Congressional support for the program, but also are widely opposed. Using the Senate bill as a springboard, Congress should work in a bipartisan manner to produce a final bill that strengthens SNAP, rather than decimates it.” Visit The Hill to read the full op ed.

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