House Republicans successfully passed a Farm Bill Thursday by splitting apart funding for food stamps from federal agricultural policy.
Lawmakers voted 216 to 208 make changes to federal agricultural policy and conservation programs and end direct subsidy payments to farmers. But the measure says nothing about funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, which historically constitutes about 80 percent of the funding in a Farm Bill.
The American Farm Bureau Federation Board voted unanimously Wednesday to reaffirm the position taken two days ago to oppose splitting the nutrition title of the bill from the remainder of the Farm Bill.
AFBF President Bob Stallman has released the following statement:
“The American Farm Bureau Federation looks forward to moving ahead with fundamental farm policy legislation, following House passage today of H.R. 2642. While we don’t yet know what the next steps will be, we will be working with both sides of the aisle and both chambers of Congress to ensure passage of a new five-year farm bill.
“While we were hopeful the farm bill would not be split, nor permanent law repealed, we will now focus our efforts on working with lawmakers to deliver a farm bill to the president’s desk for his signature by September.”