Statement on Farm Bill

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $956 billion farm bill in a bipartisan vote. AFSA is very concerned that the final bill included more than $8 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. This cut will cause approximately 850,000 low-income families to lose an average of $90 in their monthly assistance, which comes on the heels of an $11 billion cut to SNAP just last November. If these cuts were unavoidable as stated, it begs the question, how does the bill maintain such huge taxpayer subsidies that go to only a handful of large agri-businesses? While we understand not passing a bill would have likely resulted in a worse scenario for these families, the bottom line is this bill will make low-income families and their children see their food subsidies shrink.