Friday, July 12, 2013

Donnelly Opposes House Farm Bill Without Food Stamps

The House of Representatives has passed a farm bill that does not include any funding for food stamps. Sen. Dan Coats (who voted for the Senate-passed farm bill with food stamps included) thinks this is fine: "I think it’s created problems to the point where we ought to identify both of these as essential programs that have to be addressed. I don’t believe they need to be tied together." Sen. Joe Donnelly understands that food stamps were included in the farm bill to win votes of legislators from largely urban states: “In the House’s version, we have no plan to be able to provide a single lunch to a needy child and I don’t see how that passes." Donnelly's biggest concern is House Republicans' lack of any plan for food stamp funding, even in separate legislation. Read more here.