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House farm bill proposes SNAP cuts

Officials continue to dig into dueling farm bill frameworks.

Illinois Congresswoman, and House Ag Committee member, Nikki Budzinski says the House framework proposes a drastic cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), “If we stay static in our funding for the Thrifty Food Plan and don’t allow that adjustment to happen over the course of these five years, we estimate it could be upwards of $25 billion cut.”

She says the cuts to the Thrifty Food Plan are not present in the Senate majority’s proposal, “And in there was robust funding for the nutrition program, an expansion in some ways of SNAP to include more underserved constituencies, which is so critically important.”

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says, “There’s a tendency with these programs, for those us of that are not utilizing them, to think of them as programs that don’t have anything to do with us, it has something to do with someone else.”

Farm bill negotiations are just getting started, but both say protecting the funding for these programs remains vital.  Brownfield’s Jared White was on the ground in Venice, Illinois as Vilsack and Budzinksi took part in a roundtable discussion in Friday morning to discuss food security.

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