Farm Bill to be Reauthorized Soon

Every five years Congress must reauthorize the Farm Bill, which includes provisions relating to agriculture, conservation, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides food stamps, and more. This year’s bill expires at the end of September.  

In June, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed (213-211) its version of the Farm Bill which cut $20 billion in SNAP benefits, restricted eligibility and imposed harsh work requirements. It is estimated that more than one million low-income households could lose their current level of benefits if it becomes law. By contrast, the Senate passed its version by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 86-11.  It maintained the current level of SNAP benefits while reducing barriers to enrollment and improving the integrity of the program’s operations. A conference committee is now reconciling the two versions of the bill.

We are urging the Missouri Catholic Advocacy Network (MOCAN) to write to their U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative through this Action Alert, urging them to support a conference committee report with the Senate bill’s strength. Let them know that you oppose time-consuming and expensive weekly documentation of work hours. The earnings of people are already reported at recertification, and most food stamp recipients who are able to work are already doing so.

For more background information about the Farm Bill, read the latest MCC Messenger.