An Illinois congressman is getting ready to debate the new Farm Bill on the House floor. U. S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says he has House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on board the House version of a new Farm Bill.
On a conference call with Illinois reporters, Davis said, “Crop insurance and our farmers in Central and Southwest Illinois have taken their cuts in the House bill. We got rid of direct payments to ensure that we had a strengthened crop insurance program.”
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Davis reminds us 80 percent of the bill is about SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, and he wants to tighten the qualifications. “We save $20.5 billion in SNAP (in the House bill). The Senate bill only cuts $4 billion,” he said. “And what we’ve done is we ended the ‘heat and eat’ loophole. This is where states send a nominal LIHEAP check to people who qualify for LIHEAP – like, let’s say, $1. And all we’re doing in ending that loophole is saying, you know what, you’ve got to get $20 of LIHEAP.”