A U.S. farm aid and food stamp bill failed to be voted in as a collaborated re-authorization by the House on Saturday. Web Pro News reports Oct. 12 that the problem stems from the farm bill not being re-authorized within the same timeline as the food stamp portion. The meeting was a follow-up to Friday's negotiations regarding the farm bill between the House and Democrat-controlled Senate.
The report states that the the Republican-controlled House wants re-authorization in three years and the farm aid portion due in five. The 2008 farm bill expired last year and Congress is behind in getting the new bill passed. The two bills have always been linked since the 1970s, but since they had to pass the House, they had to be split.
Democrats want the farm and food stamp bill to have the same timeline.
“The farm bill’s nutrition program needs to be on the same time line as the bill’s other provisions,” said Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson. “It makes no sense to decouple farm and food programs; they go hand in hand.”
In September, it was reported that huge cuts in food subsidy for the food stamp bill were passed through the House. It would cut the federal stamp stamp program by $39 billion over 10 years, but the Senate's cut would be drastically less -- by $4 billion over 10 years.
Democrats are worried about Republican interference with the farm aid and food stamp bill negotiations. Their hope is that a five-year farm bill will be passed this year that includes the food subsidy program.