Farm Bill Moves Forward
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today voted in favor of moving H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, out of the Agriculture Committee and to consideration before the full House of Representatives.
Rep. Thompson is Vice Chair of the committee and Chairman of the Nutrition Subcommittee, which oversees federal nutrition programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which was formerly called food stamps. The 2018 farm bill works to address the economic challenges facing the nation’s farmers and ranchers, while making historic investments toward opportunities for SNAP recipients:
“I am proud of this legislation because it does so much for rural America, especially our farmers and landowners. This bill supports commodity programs, agricultural research at land grant universities, trade, and rural development. There is a lot of good policy that was put forth and approved today.
“However, I am disappointed that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle chose not to participate in this traditionally bipartisan process. Instead, they put their party before the American people. Despite the criticism of some and the gross mischaracterization that took place during today’s markup, they only offered criticisms instead of amendments to improve the proposal. We’re providing an on-ramp to opportunity through education and a chance to stop living paycheck-to-paycheck. This bill will help the unemployed and under-employed gain skills to build a better life for themselves and their families while protecting the most vulnerable among us including children, seniors and the disabled.”
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For more information on the bill, visit agriculture.house.gov/farmbill