Senior Policy Analyst
The partisan farm bill that the House rejected today would increase food insecurity and hardship for low-income families and make SNAP harder to administer. The fight over the bill isn’t over, however, because House Republicans can call for another vote on it. And, in its current form, this bill would be even more harmful than the deeply flawed bill that came to the floor, which included more than $17 billion in SNAP benefit cuts that would have shrunk or eliminated benefits for 1 million households with more than 2 million people. That’s because the House adopted amendments that:
To keep SNAP strong, the House should craft a bipartisan bill that reflects a shared commitment to providing needed help to households that struggle to put food on the table. In the Senate, Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow have indicated that they plan to develop their farm bill, including its SNAP provisions, in a bipartisan manner.