The Farm Bill is supposed to contain subsidies for both farms and for nutrition assistance for low-income Americans. The politicians in Washington are having a very difficult time coming up with a version of the bill that will pass because Republicans are pushing for deep cuts in the nutrition assistance.
The House of Representatives went way beyond deep cuts last week when it eliminated nutrition assistance, commonly referred to as food stamps, from their bill altogether, providing assistance for farms only. They narrowly passed the bill that will go on to the Senate. The Senate has the option of putting the food stamps back in, and the process will start all over again. This has been going on for two years.
It’s very discouraging, and Stephen Colbert had plenty to say about the House’s decision that makes sure that we can grow the food that people can no longer afford to buy.
President Obama has said that he will veto a Farm Bill that doesn’t include food stamps if a version that’s been approved by both the House and the Senate ever makes it to his desk. I’m trying to have faith that food stamps won’t be eliminated. But, it’s still upsetting that there are those in our government who protect big business while disregarding the needs of the people.