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Farm Bill unveiled with changes

Apr 13, 2018 12:40 pm
Reuters reports that Republicans in Congress this week unveiled changes to the Farm Bill, mostly to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, what is generally known as the Food Stamp program. The proposals include raising the age from 49 to 59 for work requirements in order to receive food stamps. “This bill attempts to change SNAP from a feeding program to a work program,” said Collin Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee. Locally, Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) is on the Agriculture Committee. A proposal to allow states to put in a drug testing program for certain food stamp recipients is not in the first draft, but is being discussed by Republicans. "It's not in the bill base text, but we have some members on the committee who are keenly interested in that," said Michael Conaway, the chairman of the Agriculture Committee. Read the full story at the Reuters website.