The extension of the current federal farm program expires at the end of September, and the two political parties are at odds over whether new legislation should include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly known as food stamps – or whether that should be run as a separate piece of legislation.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says he prefers a comprehensive bill, but wants what he terms “reforms” to SNAP and support efforts to pass a separate piece of legislation that addresses only agricultural titles such as crop insurance.
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Democrats counter that position by saying the Republicans want to make drastic cuts to the food stamp program.
Davis says, “It’s not even cuts we are proposing. They are common-sense reforms.”
A conference committee continues to wrestle with the issue but Davis is guarded on whether a comprehensive solution can be found.