Today the GOP-controlled House of Representatives narrowly approved a revised version of the Farm Bill that completely leaves out the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, or food stamps, that millions of low-income Americans currently depend on. No Democrats voted for the bill.
Republicans framed the debate in bloodless terms, saying that separating food stamps from agricultural policy was the logical thing to do. Rules committee chair Pete Session, R-Texas, said the new version of the bill “excludes some extraneous provisions,” a statement that drew outrage from his Democratic colleagues.
The House-passed Farm Bill does include lavish taxpayer subsidies for wealthy farmers, including some members of Congress.
“I would have said it’s one of the worst things you’ve done, but there’s such stiff competition for that honor,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
UPDATE: Robert L. Borosage: Republicans Nix Food Stamps: This Is Who They Are
This wasn’t intended as legislation. It was intended as a declaration of identity. This is who they are. Think about that.