Abraham celebrates passage of the Farm Bill
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, released the following statement regarding the House’s passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.
Dr. Abraham is Louisiana’s only member of the Congressional delegation to serve on an agriculture committee. He voted in favor of the bill because it strengthens the farm safety net system, supports Louisiana dairy farmers, and protects crop insurance that helps farmers recover from natural disasters.
“This is a great day for America’s farmers. No bill means more for agriculture policy than the Farm Bill, and its passage will allow our farmers to plan for the long-term success of their businesses and rural America. This bill works better for the farmer and better for the American people, and I’m glad it has passed this important hurdle,” Dr. Abraham said.
The bill must still be considered by the Senate.
Included in the bill are work and educational requirements for able-bodied adults to remain eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). An able-bodied adult aged 18-59 would be required to either work or participate in a job training program for 20 hours per week to maintain eligibility. Job training is guaranteed in the bill.
No child, caretaker of a young child, elderly person, or mentally or physically disabled person will experience any changes in the SNAP program and will maintain eligibility. Any savings realized by removing adults who choose not to meet the work requirement will be reinvested in the SNAP program to ensure that vulnerable populations have the resources available to meet their nutritional needs.
“Work and educational requirements will help able-bodied adults who might have fallen on hard times to re-enter the workforce. These smart, common-sense changes to the SNAP program will result in more people working and fewer adults on food stamps. It’s a policy that’s supported by more than 80 percent of the American people, and I’m glad we kept it in this bill,” Dr. Abraham said.