Joseph Pennisi
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May 18, 2019

Statement on U.S. House Rejection of Farm Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives today voted against the Farm Bill, legislation that would have made it harder for Florida families with children, people with disabilities and older workers to put food on the table. The rejected version of the bill would have made harmful cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, instituted harsh sanctions around failure to comply with new work requirements and removed the current law’s flexibility around how states administer the program.

SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is the most critical anti-hunger program in the nation. In 2017, the program helped one in six Floridians put food on the table.

The bill would have put an undue fiscal burden on states as well by mandating the creation of large-scale, untested work programs.

Members of Florida’s congressional delegation must work together now to help craft bipartisan legislation that strengthens SNAP and preserves the flexibility that states are provided under the current law to modernize administration of the program.