Food Stamps

Negotiators Reach Compromise on $867 Billion Farm Bill

from The Wall Street Journal,

Compromise bill doesn’t include the tighter work requirements for food-stamp recipients proposed in House version of the legislation.

Congress is on track to pass a five-year farm bill this week that leaves out controversial proposed work requirements for food-stamp recipients, imperiling the support of some conservative House Republicans but opening the door for Democrats in both chambers to support the compromise bill. For months, lawmakers have struggled to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill, a mammoth piece of legislation that authorizes the food-stamp program for low-income Americans in addition to funding agricultural subsidies, crop insurance, research efforts and more. The Republican-authored House version of the bill tightened work requirements for food-stamp recipients; it passed the chamber along party lines. The Senate version omitted those provisions and passed with wide bipartisan support. The compromise bill, released online Monday night, doesn’t include the tighter work requirements, but retains measures from the House version of the legislation aimed at preventing fraud and duplication. The bill will cost $867 billion over 10 years, according to House committee staff. Roughly 80% of that funding goes toward food stamps.

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