January 25, 2020

Farm Bill Issues; and, Biofuels

Categories: Farm Bill

Farm Bill- Nutrition (SNAP), and Politico Looks at Title I Issues

The Leader’s Weekly Schedule, released on Friday by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.), indicated that the House will consider the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act (Subject to a Rule) on the floor this week.

Last week on Thursday, Rep. Cantor indicated on the House floor that, “The House will also consider the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, authored by Agriculture chairman, Representative Frank Lucas. This legislation restores the intent of the bipartisan welfare reforms adopted in 1996 to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It also refocuses the program on those who need it most. No law-abiding beneficiary who meets the income and asset tests of the current program and is willing to comply with the applicable work requirements will lose his benefits under the bill.”

Pete Kasperowicz reported on Friday at The Hill’s Floor Action Blog that, “The bill will include $20 billion in cuts that the House Agriculture Committee passed earlier this year as part of a farm bill. But it will also include another $20 billion in cuts that are achieved by making able-bodied adults who refuse to work or look for work ineligible for food stamps.

“The latter language will be included at the request of Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). He and other Republicans strongly opposed the Obama administration’s decision to allow states to waive the work requirement, and vowed to restore the requirement through legislation.

“But the proposal is expected to draw significant opposition from Democrats, and could lead to immediate proposals from the Senate and the White House to restore the cuts.”