Lawmakers in Washington D.C. are working on a Farm Bill and hope to have one passed by the time the current bill expires in September. One version was already passed out of a House Agriculture Committee making changes to SNAP, or the food stamp program.
Congressman Don Bacon says opponents say that version cuts benefits and is an attack on the poor. He says it is quite the opposite and not one dollar has been cut from the program.
Congressman Bacon says, “What we have said if you are taking food stamps and you don’t have small children or don’t have some form of physical limitation or not too old, we expect you to work at least 20 hours a week or to get training so you can get job skills to get back in the job force. On the government dime we would teach you welding or be and electrician or a truck driver, whatever it may be to get someone the skills to get back into the work force.” He says this is especially beneficial for metropolitan areas that have a shortage of skilled workers.
Opponents disagree saying millions of people will be cut from the SNAP program and it targets the poor. Congressman Bacon says it is quite the opposite. He says it is designed to give people job skills
About 80% of the farm bill spending is on SNAP and other food programs.