Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, named the following conferees to reconcile differences in farm bill legislation approved by the Senate and House:
Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Senate Agriculture ranking member Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)
House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, named the following conferees to reconcile differences in farm bill legislation approved by the Senate and House:
House Agriculture Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN)
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA)
Rep. Timothy Walz (D-MN)
Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR)
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Rep. Suzan Del Bene (D-WA)
Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX)
Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-CA)
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)
Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI)
House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK)
Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL)
Rep. Steve King (R-IA)
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)
Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX)
Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA)
Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR)
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)
Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA)
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA)
Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)
Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX)
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:
Limit state SNAP coordination with LIHEAP (heat and eat) payments ($8.7 billion Congressional Budget Office, CBO, estimate);
Restrict the state Categorical Eligibility option to conform to asset and gross income tests ($11.6 billion cut – CBO estimate);
Eliminate area waivers for certain jobless, childless adults without dependents (Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents, or “ABAWDs”), thereby cutting off SNAP benefits even when jobs are scarce ($19 billion cut– CBO estimate);
Allow states to cut low-income families off SNAP when they cannot find work or a training slot for sufficient hours (Southerland Amendment). This provision would reward states with large sums of unrestricted funding if they cut off families from SNAP because the parents, through no fault of their own, cannot find jobs. Note: The CBO was not able to project how many households would be affected by this provision.
Eliminate state bonuses for effective SNAP operation ($480 million cut– CBO estimate).
Reduce funding for SNAP’s nutrition education program (SNAP-Ed) by $308 million– CBO estimate.
Contained in H.R. 2642: Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, originally H.R. 3102: Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013 (passed by House on September 19), merged with H.R. 2642 (the Ag-Only Farm Bill) on Sept. 28.
Contained in S. 954: The Agriculture Reform Food & Jobs Act of 2013 (passed in June 2013 by a vote of 66-27).
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