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January 29, 2020

Farm Bill; RFS; Ag Economy; Immigration; and, Political Notes

Farm Bill Issues

In an interview yesterday morning with J. Doug Williams (K-101-FM radio, Woodward, Okla.), House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R., Okla.) addressed issues associated with the Farm Bill.

With respect to nutrition issues and the SNAP program (foods stamps), Chairman Lucas noted that, “On the floor of the House, language was added that said explicitly states can drug test food stamp recipients as a requirement if they want to.  You can imagine what the liberals thought of that.  There’s language dealing with convicted felons in really heinous crimes, a ban on using food stamps.

And the thing that really blew up the other side was a workfare requirement.  If you’re able bodied and you don’t have any dependents, you need to work, I think it’s like 20 hours a month to qualify for your food stamps in some work program.  How much of that the President can stand, how much of it Harry Reid can stand, I don’t know.  But the House is on the line that we’re going to spend less money and we’re going to make changes in all parts of the farm bill, so it may be a loud, wild conference committee meeting.”

He added that, “But if we cannot pass the food stamp language, we’re going to conference on the ‘Farm Bill Farm Bill’ in September.”

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