“I’m still hopeful that something can get done this year,” he said.
Democrats and Republicans didn’t seem close to agreement on how to proceed.
Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, chairwoman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture, said in a statement that soaring food program expenditures are a concern.
“Investing wisely in specialty crops and ensuring that nutrition programs are being administered effectively is critical at this time,” she said.
Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., Subcommittee ranking member, said proposed House Republican budget cuts of $33 billion to nutrition programs are troubling.
“As the Committee begins to work in earnest on the 2012 Farm Bill, it is critical that we work to protect our nutrition safety net, promote consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables in schools across all 50 states, and ensure that no one in America goes hungry,” he said in a statement after the hearing.