Lawmakers discuss SNAP funding during House Ag Committee hearing

Some lawmakers say food security needs to be the top priority in farm bill discussions.

During a House Ag Committee hearing Wednesday, Ranking Member David Scott of Georgia said hunger cannot be overlooked. “We want to reduce hunger. Hunger is a serious problem.”

He says the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, should be strengthened. “Let’s put aside first and foremost, this proposal to cut snap benefits,” he said. “Whether you call it a cut or reduction of future benefits, Democrats oppose it.”

Scott says the SNAP program is estimated to cost $67 billion less over the next 10 years than originally expected.

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