Rep. Nolan Calls on House Agriculture Committee to Halt Attacks on SNAP Provisions in Farm Bill
[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep Rick Nolan, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, today called on Republican leaders to halt their partisan attacks on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) vital to some 46 million Americans.
Following today’s committee passage of the measure, which was drafted in secret with virtually no input from Democrats, Nolan issued the following statement:
“It is unfortunate and disturbing that my Republican colleagues have chosen to undermine our Nation’s traditionally bipartisan Farm Bill with a partisan assault on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that some 46 million Americans – including thousands of military Veterans and military families – depend on to prevent hunger and malnutrition.
“The so-called “work requirements” added to the bill are a bureaucratic nightmare and a misuse of the hundreds of millions of dollars it will cost states to administer that should be used to aid the hundreds of thousands of food-insecure Minnesotans across our state. Moreover, this attack on the SNAP program threatens the historic partnership between rural food producers and urban food consumers that has made passage of a Farm Bill in both the House and the Senate possible for decades.
“Furthermore, in addition to supporting the SNAP food and nutrition program, the purpose of the Farm Bill is to provide a strong safety net for farmers during hard times, encourage young farmers, and bolster rural communities and small businesses. This Republican measure fails in every respect, and I will be joining my colleagues to make every effort to significantly improve this measure when it goes to the House floor for further consideration.”