NC Budget and Tax Center

Farm Bill Conference Agreement Announced

Yesterday, agreement was announced on the proposed farm bill conference legislation.  The outcome is being called a reasonable compromise by many including Robert Greenstein from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities who writes:

The proposed farm bill conference agreement announced today represents a relatively favorable outcome for SNAP and most of the millions of low-income Americans who rely on it, especially in light of what might have occurred or what may occur if Congress rejects this agreement and leaves it to the next Congress to write its own farm bill.

To be sure, the conference agreement does include $8.6 billion in SNAP cuts over the next decade.  Yet it stands in sharp contrast to the nearly $40 billion in SNAP cuts in the House-passed bill of September, which contained an array of draconian provisions and would have thrown 3.8 million people off SNAP in 2014, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).  The conference agreement includes none of the draconian House provisions — and it removes virtually no low-income households from SNAP.

The entire statement is worth reading here  as is the summary of the Farm Bill Nutrition title here.

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