Policy: Entitlements

Democrat: The farm bill is not a farm bill without food stamps

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Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., protested the new farm bill passed by the House of Representatives Thursday that controversially separated the food stamp program from the farm subsidies in the bill.

Eighty percent of the farm bill that failed in the house in June was directed towards the food stamp program, sparking Republicans to push for a “farm only” bill.

“You tell me how in the world we can have a farm bill and separate food and nutrition out from it,” Scott stated on the house floor on Thursday. “The American people don’t get that.”

Scott said that food assistance programs should always be linked to farming.

“Here we have made this critical terrible mistake of divorcing, of segregating, of separating the most basic essential farm policy which is to produce the food and nutrition for the people of America,” he asserted, adding that the bill “makes us look small.”

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