Kick the can game getting tired for farm bill allies

09/09/2013 10:33:00 PM
Tom Karst

House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has released more details of the House Republican leadership proposal to cut SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program), by at least $40 billion over ten years — double the cut in the House Agriculture Committee farm bill and almost nine times the SNAP cut in the Senate-passed farm bill.. The proposal is expected to go to the House floor in coming days.

The proposal incorporates all of the SNAP cuts and other nutrition provisions of the farm bill that House leaders sought unsuccessfully to pass in June, which would cut $20.5 billion from SNAP over ten years. It also adds new provisions designed to cut at least another $20 billion in benefits, primarily by eliminating states’ ability to secure waivers for high-unemployment areas from SNAP’s austere rule that limits benefits for jobless adults without children to just three months out of every three years.

 

Just how soon the Republican proposal on food stamps will be brought to the floor is in doubt, however, because of the aforementioned debate on Syria. Without real resolve to deal with the nutrition title in the farm bill by House Republicans soon, the can will be kicked down the road, and another extension will be required by the end of September.


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