The 2002 Farm Bill’s nutrition title reauthorized the Food Stamp Program for five years, restored food stamp eligibility for many legal immigrants, and made other program improvements. Changes in the Nutrition Title of the 2008 Farm Bill help the tens of millions of people in this country who are struggling against hunger and trying to stretch limited budgets to buy healthy food. Some of the 2008 changes:
The House passed the Farm Bill by an overwhelming margin of 318 to 106 in mid-May, 2008. A few days later, the Senate passed the Farm Bill Conference Report in an 81 to 15 vote. A few days later, President Bush vetoed the legislation. More than 1,000 national, state and local organizations signed a letter urging Members of Congress to override the President’s veto. On the May 21st the House voted to override the veto, 316 to 108; important impetus for this vote came from the Bill’s nutrition title, which made vital and long-overdue improvements to the SNAP/Food Stamp Program. On May 22, the Senate voted 82 to 13 to override the veto.