Farm Bill Represents Reasonable Compromise

SNAP Gets By With Only $8 Billion Cut

Farm Bill Represents Reasonable CompromiseAccording to recent analysis by National Public Radio, the total savings of the new farm bill, which passed the House on January 29th by a vote of 251-166, is estimated at around $23 billion.

NJ’s House Delegation voted 3 in favor and 9 against.

That reduction includes $8 billion cut from food assistance programs (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program known as SNAP) (reportedly by reducing fraud and abuse.)

While this cut is significant it is much better than the $40 billion in SNAP cuts in the House-passed bill of September 2013. That proposed measure contained “draconian provisions” and would have cut 3.8 million people from SNAP in 2014 (according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO.)

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)’s President, Robert Greenstein provided the following commentary, “Nutrition Title of Farm Bill Drops Draconian Cuts and Represents Reasonable Compromise.”

The proposed farm bill conference agreement announced on January 27, 2014, represents a relatively favorable outcome for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (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.

Click here to view the full Greenstein’s full commentary.