[image-2] The nation's Farm Bill was set to expire Sunday, Sept. 30 with no compromise on the horizon between the U.S. House and Senate.CNBC reports
that it's "likely the legislation will be taken up by a lame duck session" of Congress sometime after the November midterm elections. Both chambers of Congress passed their own versions of a bill in June but major differences have triggered delays in finalizing an agreement.
Perhaps the biggest gap is that the Senate's version of a Farm Bill, totaling $428 billion didn't include strict work rule requirements attached to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps. But the Trump White House and House Republicans have pushed for tougher work rules for food stamp recipients, but Senate Democrats oppose such a change.
Earlier this month,The New York Times reported
that the House version of a Farm Bill would reformulate income and expense criteria for food stamp recipients. If it were to become law, the Times said, "nearly two million low-income Americans, including 469,000 households with young children," would be stripped of benefits.
Officials with theIdaho Interfaith Roundtable Against Hunger said
they saw "major problems" with theU.S. House version of the Farm Bill
"The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is huge because it meets a significant need and it cannot be cut or altered without grievous harm to Idahoans," said IIRAH Chair Carl Van Slyke. "We call on Congress to stand for protecting and strengthening SNAP with its current structure, which works well in Idaho and with an appropriation at or above current funding levels.”
Meanwhile, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) is urging Congress to support theSenate version of the Farm Bill
, adding that thecurrent Farm Bill "is not broken and does not require major changes."
"I have stressed often that the Farm Bill affects a wide swath of federal policy far beyond traditional agricultural commodity programs," said Crapo.