Marcia Fudge: Dems Won't Support Farm Bill Cuts To Food Stamps

Marcia Fudge with SNAP supporters at the Cleveland Food Bank [Mark Urycki / ideastream]
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Democrats and Republicans in Congress passed a short term budget last month but another spending bill may not be as easy. The proposed Farm Bill has upset Democrats including House Agriculture Committee member Marcia Fudge of Warrensville Heights. She says it’s not going to pass. 

Fudge went to the Cleveland Foodbank today to speak against the upcoming Farm Bill. That’s because most of the spending goes not to farmers but to the food stamp program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. 

Fudge is afraid adults who cannot find work in economically struggling areas will be kicked off the rolls.   

“Not that they don’t wish to work, I don’t know anybody that doesn’t want to work,” Fudge said, “but we have to find a way to make sure that we can put them in an environment in which they can find a job before we penalize them for not having one.”

The chairman of the House Ag Committee, Texas Republican Mike Conaway, has said he is not cutting any funds or recipients of SNAP. But Democrats point to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and President Trump who have called for greater restrictions and cutbacks in SNAP spending. 

“It is their philosophy,” Fudge told WCPN, “that most of those people who are on SNAP are not deserving or they are lazy, or they should be forced to work. Some of them can work, but most of the ones who can work, do work.”  

There is another reason the bill may face opposition. Fudge says the most right-wing Republicans, the Freedom Caucus, don’t want to support the bill because it does not cut enough. 

In Ohio, 1.6 million people, mostly children, received SNAP benefits in 2016.  


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