Today the House of Representatives narrowly approved a scaled-back farm bill. The bill was drastically different from its predecessor which would have would have cut $20 billion from SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The former bill was rejected in the House last week by a 195 to 234 vote. This week’s bill however removed the nutrition title (which includes SNAP– the nation’s largest nutrition program for poor and working families). After last week’s vote, there was speculation that any new farm bill would likely not include the nutrition title.
Although the nutrition title has been taken off the table for the time being, SNAP could still become a barrier to the negotiation efforts to produce a compromise package if the Senate offers their version of proposed cuts (which includes cuts to SNAP). Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has said she is prepared to go to conference on a farm bill with the House once it is sent to the Senate (although in current form, the bills are vastly different).