Senate Passes Sensible, Bipartisan Farm Bill

This statement can be attributed to Olivia Golden, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).

Today, the U.S. Senate passed by a vote of 86 to 11 the bipartisan Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill. Among the many programs reauthorized in the farm bill every five years is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), our nation’s most important food assistance program. The Senate bill improves SNAP by building on what works and protecting the program from harmful cuts that would take food off the table of those who face hunger.

We applaud Senate leaders for their ongoing commitment to a bipartisan farm bill. As Congressional leaders move ahead with establishing a conference committee to address vast differences between the House and Senate farm bills, we urge them to adopt the Senate’s common-sense approach, which strengthens our nation’s commitment to ensuring that everyone is able to put food on their table.