The food stamp bill is the cause of the farm bill delay as the cuts in the food stamp bill weren’t enough for conservative Republicans. This is causing the hold-up for the long-overdue farm bill, according to The Inquisitr on Oct. 12.
It was the conservative Republicans who defeated the passing of the farm bill during the summer. They want more trimmed off the food stamp bill, which feeds hundreds of thousands of families in the nation.
As soon as the House votes for open negotiations and appoints those who will negotiate, the negotiations can get underway in this gridlock. When the farm bill vote was defeated this summer, this caused two separate pieces of legislation to be created.
One of those pieces of proposed legislation took a big chunk out of the funding for the national food stamp program. The legislation created a $39 billion cut to the food stamp program, which will be broken up over the course of 10 years.
This amount was almost 10 times the amount the Senate proposed leaving the two legislative bodies at an impasse. House Democrats also oppose this massive cut and believe the folks who receive food stamps will be burdened with trying to put food on the table with these cuts. The food stamp program barely feeds a family today with the price of food skyrocketing.
Food costs are rising greatly and the food stamp program doesn’t reflect that increase for the families that are receiving this benefit. The farm bill and food stamp bill have been tied together in one bill since the 1970s, with the idea of splitting the two not sitting right with many legislators.
The Democratic House Leader, Colin Peterson, said that he believes dividing these bills into two separate entities would be the end of the farm bill as it’s known today.