The U.S. House shot down the five-year Farm Bill. The bill would’ve increased energy access in rural America, improving efficiency and input costs for farmers and small businesses. It also would’ve given farmers access to lines of credit to expand their businesses. Those were considered high points of the bill but the point of contention still remains over the food stamp program.
Congressman Bill Enyart voted for the bill, claiming the benefits far outweighed the bad. He says it wasn’t a perfect bill, but it was good for the farmers in Illinois.
The bill would’ve cut 20-billion dollars from the program over the next ten years. More than two-million people in Illinois depend on SNAP benefits.