Vice President for Food Assistance Policy
The House, which is expected to vote this week on the Agriculture Committee-approved farm bill, passed an amendment today from Committee Chairman Michael Conaway that worsens an already troubling bill by expanding its cuts in SNAP (food stamps) and making its expanded work requirements even more rigid and unworkable for families and states. One change to the work provisions would cause another 600,000 people to lose SNAP benefits in 2021. While the amendment makes modest improvements by delaying one cut and protecting people with disabilities from another, overall it deepens the SNAP benefit cuts from $17.3 billion to $18.8 billion.
These amendment's changes to the bill's work provision would increase the bill’s SNAP benefit cuts by $4.9 billion.