Representative Ted Budd (R-North Carolina) (AP)
(CNSNews.com) – The Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday stalled a $32 billion continuing resolution to fund the government and pass a budget plan that effectively cuts food stamp benefits and most domestic programs.
And now, Democrats are pressing for more farm subsidies to take into account the recent recession the Trump administration has caused.
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday turned down a fiscal 2019 spending bill that would have expanded to include more than $9 billion for rice crop insurance and a $5 billion expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
“Unfortunately, the resulting compromise in the full House of Representatives fell far short of our fair share of real food assistance assistance for the nation’s hungry and needy, including expanded eligibility for SNAP programs and farm extension services, as well as lowering CAP costs,” Rep. Ted Budd (R-North Carolina) said in a statement, referring to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the program.
“I continue to support this program and vote in favor of legislation that provides additional support for the program, and this compromise fails to do so. The bill would not only increase SNAP costs, but also sets up a mechanism for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, which is not currently eligible to provide much of a subsidy,” Budd added.
“I am urging my colleagues to continue these conversations with me to give more support to our nation’s most vulnerable individuals in a bipartisan manner, and to promote the continuation of relief programs supported by programs such as SNAP and FAIR,” he said.