SNAP funding debate stalls U.S. Farm Bill

Jun 24, 2024

SNAP Funding controversy delays U.S. farm bill


The U.S. Congress is under pressure to pass the latest version of the country’s comprehensive agriculture law this year. A heated debate over funding for nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), has left the farm bill in a state of uncertainty.

U.S. Senator John Boozman, the leading Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, underscores the urgent need for improved safety nets for farmers. These are vital for risk management and income support.

Boozman argues that without adequate support for our farmers, the entire system risks collapse. He champions increased borrowing options to maintain agricultural operations.

On the other hand, Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, criticize the bill’s excessive focus on commodities at the expense of fruits and vegetables. Gillibrand expresses concern that the proposed $1.5 trillion bill allocates hundreds of millions more to commodities, yet it entirely neglects crucial sectors like fruits and vegetables.

The Gillibrand points out potential dangers to nutrition programs under the proposed GOP adjustments, including a proposed $30 billion reduction to SNAP benefits. She warns that such cuts could significantly increase hunger among low-income Americans.

As the extension of the 2018 Farm Bill is due to expire at the end of September, Congress may need to pass a temporary extension to allow more time for negotiations on the comprehensive 2024 Farm Bill.

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