CNN: House Farm Bill Seeks To Restrict Food Stamp Benefits While Allowing Subsidies For Billionaires

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Well, this headline from CNN sums up Republican priorities: slashing nutrition assistance programs that keep 40 million Americans from going hungry while opening new loopholes to benefit billionaires. The GOP farm bill is another example of how Republicans are offering America’s working families a raw deal. Key excerpts:
“Provisions inside the delayed House farm bill would roll back restrictions on the wealthy obtaining federal farm subsidies, as well as allow extended family members to receive lucrative payments.”

“The language has generated opposition both from fiscal conservatives who say the payments amount to welfare for wealthy people and critics who note that the same bill proposes new work requirements for participants in the federal food stamp program, SNAP.”

Up to 2 million SNAP recipients could lose or have their benefits slashed under the proposed rule changes, according to the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.”

Last month, the House voted down the farm bill in an embarrassing defeat for Speaker Paul Ryan. The bill was a casualty of an ongoing inter-party fight among Republicans raging over immigration.”

“Since 2002, Congress has added in multiple means-testing for federal farm subsidies to prevent them from going to the hands of wealthy farm-owners. But tucked away in Sec. 1603 of new bill, is an exemption for ‘pass-through’ businesses from the means testing requirements.”

In practice, this would mean that with a simple accounting trick, billionaire farm owners would once again be eligible for lucrative farm subsidies.