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Faso votes for Farm Bill

Apr 19, 2018 11:01 am

John Herath at Farm Journal reports that Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee, including Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) voted April 18 to advance a Farm Bill that makes it more difficult to receive food stamps. The bill passed 26-20 with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats voting against. Democrats did not complain about just what was in the bill, but how the bill was made. "Mr. Chairman, this is a flawed bill,” Collin Peterson from Minnesota said. said. “This is the fault of a bad and non-transparent process. When I was chairman, we marked the bill up in subcommittee. We didn't do that this time. I oppose it and I urge my colleagues on my committee to oppose it as well." Democrats opposed the work requirements added for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps. Faso tweeted, "The Farm Bill makes significant investments and improvements in education and training programs. With millions of jobs open, we should strive to provide job seekers with the skills needed to take advantage of employment opportunities and on the path toward economic independence." The Senate Agriculture Committee has not introduced their version of a farm bill yet, so while this version moves to the House for a vote next month, the final version could be much different. Read the full story at the Farm Journal website AgWeb.