The House Agriculture Committee has recommended that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly known as food stamps) should be cut rather than the automatic subsidies to farms.
This at a time when more people are getting benefits from SNAP than ever before. There is no information about how the cuts would be made; i.e., reduce the number of people eligible or reduce the benefit amount. But it seems clear that the $4.9 billion in direct payments that are paid out automatically each year, regardless of whether a person farms, are more important than protecting a program that helps provide food for children and families including, you might be surprised to learn, military families.
Interestingly enough, members of the House Agriculture Committee, Republicans and Democrats, come from districts where some of the highest subsidies are paid.
These agricultural subsidies are wasteful and unnecessary, and we should question the logic of maintaining them while lawmakers are searching for budget cuts.