Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) released a bipartisan farm bill, theAgriculture Improvement Act, which protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill quickly passed the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, and, unlike the House measure (H.R. 2), none of the amendments offered during this week’s markup focused on SNAP.
However, SNAP is not quite safe in the Senate just yet. There still could be amendments to SNAP offered during the full Senate floor vote, which is anticipated to be before the July 4 recess.
As highlighted in previous Alliance for Strong Families and Communities updates, the House bill proposed to cut SNAP by nearly $19 billion, instituted a lifetime cap for the benefit, and imposed work requirements that would unintentionally hurt children in families that don’t meet the work requirement.
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