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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Farm bill will not include SNAP work requirements

December 11, 2018
In The News

A Farm Bill is in conference committee with votes expected on a final version in Congress later this week. The bill houses the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or food stamps, along with farming policy for the next several years. Congressman Ralph Abraham says he’s disappointed the bill leaves out SNAP work requirements, but overall it’s a good bill.

“We got 18 of the 21 asks. As a whole, when you have this large of a bill, we count this as a big win.”

The bill has the support of Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy and Congressman Steve Scalise.

Abraham praised the legislation’s farming reforms, including preserving crop insurance, increased flexibility for land classification, the Timber Innovation Act, irrigation changes for rice, and an expanded definition for family farms.

“It’s redefined as also including nieces, nephews, and first cousins, where before it was the moms, dads, brothers, and sisters. That legally becomes a big deal.”

Abraham says he expects the bill to pass this week, and shortly after be signed by the President before the end of the year.

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