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Senate passes its version of the farm bill, setting up clash over food stamps

Senate agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that makes modest changes to existing farm programs, while largely avoiding changes to food stamps go, setting up a showdown with the house.

The bill passed 86-11.

The legislation renews farm programs such as crop insurance and land care. Farm programs expire. Sept. 30, unless Congress acts.

The work on the legislation comes at a time when farmers could use to low prices, and a possible trade war, press the raw materials, the prices.

“We are one step closer to providing farmers and ranchers a Farm Bill – with the safety and predictability that they deserve,” said agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan. “I am proud that we have a strong, budget-neutral “farm bill” – with broad support.”

GOP aides said, the farm bill is expected to go to conference, where Senate and House leadership will try to settle their differences. On the food stamp front, two pages are likely to be put together.

The house bill tightens the requirements for recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Currently, non-disabled adults between the ages of 18-49 without children, working 20 hours a week to maintain their benefits. The new law raises the top of the age of the recipient is subject to the professional requirements of 49 to 59 and requires that parents with children older than 6 to the work or the participation in the training.

Government accountants estimate that, in 10 years, the SNAP workload to a decline of around 1.2 million people, the the invoice is in an average month, if the law would.

These changes are in line with the trump management priorities. Earlier this year, President Donald Trump, under an executive order directing Federal agencies to the enforcement of the existing requirements and checks all the programs, waivers and exemptions.

The house measure also limits the circumstances under which the families, the other poverty programs can automatically qualify for SNAP. It is the $marked-to-extend 1 billion, work-training programs.

The Senate version aims to reduce fraud in SNAP but not means cut from the program, which helps feed more than 40 million people in the United States.

“We improve the SNAP program by integrity,” Roberts said before the vote. “By cutting bonuses, the modernization of the review, we will increase the accountability of employment and training programs, we will engage the participants on the way to work.”

After the bill’s passage, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, congratulated his colleagues in the Senate on a “hard fought victory” and said he looks forward to “working together for a strong new farm bill to the Desk of the President.”

Passage of the measure was delayed by a fight over an amendment by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., apart from US-the taxpayers of the niches, the military will be spent for the company in the possession of Cuba. The Senate passed Rubio’s amendment Thursday.

“American tax dollars should never go in the pocket of the Cuban regime,” Rubio.

The law also contains a provision from majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the production of industrial hemp would legalize. The goods is excluded, because it is in connection with marijuana, although it contains something drug’s main psychoactive ingredient THC. McConnell secured a hemp pilot program in the recent farm bill of 2014. He sees the harvest as a good replacement for tobacco, which is grown in his home state.

“Our farm families and those who said through rural America, in front of a lot of uncertainty: natural disasters, drought, floods, unstable world markets and the fall in commodity prices,” McConnell. “The farmers who feed and support this country are counting on us to have the predictability and security of a long-term farm bill.”

The Senate rejected an amendment from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, would have eliminated waivers, States are permitted to provide and operate the required public facilities work activation programs.
 

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