During the week of May 13, the Senate and House Agriculture Committees held markups on their respective farm bills (s. 954, H.R. 1947). Follow this link to summaries of both markups and the amendments offered during the markups.
The Farm Bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation that guides and authorizes funding for most federal farm and food policies, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Every five years, Congress renews the Farm Bill through the reauthorization process. Title IV of the Farm Bill covers domestic food and nutrition and commodity distribution programs. See a list of programs. The last Farm Bill was passed in 2008.
SNAP is one of seven strategies essential for meeting the goal of ending childhood hunger by 2015. SNAP is important because the program is critical to struggling households and to the nation and its economy. When the national economy or a regional, state or area economy is in trouble, the program is among the most effective government responses. It reacts quickly and robustly when economic or natural disasters strike.
The House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee have jurisdiction over the Farm Bill.
For Americans below the Poverty Line:
For Children and Low Income Families:
For American Indians:
Contained in H.R. 1947: Federal Agriculture Reform & Risk Management Act of 2013 (committee passed in May 2013 by a vote of 36-10).
Contained in S. 954: The Agriculture Reform Food & Jobs Act of 2013 (committee passed in May 2013 by a vote of 15-5).
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