Feeding America Statement On House Consideration of the 2018 Farm Bill

Angelo Anderson
May 17, 2018

The Izaak Walton League of America, which has been engaged on national agriculture policy since the 1930s, today announced its opposition to the House Farm Bill (HR 2) as the U.S. House of Representatives begins its debate.

"The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the legislation's changes to the SNAP program would reduce food assistance benefits by more than $17 billion over 10 years and Feeding America's own analysis concluded that the net effect would mean 9.2 billion fewer meals for Americans facing hunger, including children, seniors, veterans and individuals with disabilities".

"We have too many families that become generational when it comes to government benefit programs", David said, "We are now doing what I've been hearing from Democrats in Washington and Republicans everywhere that we want to invest in people who are on SNAP".

"By targeting people who gain a modest increase in earnings, this provision of the House farm bill would punish struggling working families just as they are getting back on their feet", said Claire Lane, Director of the Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition. It would create what's known as a "benefit cliff", meaning that a family close to the income threshold that accepts a small wage increase or starts logging more hours at their job would lose all its SNAP benefits if that pushes their earnings above the federal threshold. "No one is kicking anyone off of anything".

While we rightly identify the successes of this program, it seems that rarely do people craft ideas to improve SNAP.

Rather than fully fund the Conservation Title, the bill would cut much-needed farm conservation programs by almost $1 billion over 10 years.

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