House Committees Debate Funding for Programs in Farm Bill

Divisions arise over federal food benefit programs and “climate-friendly” farming.

The next farm spending bill, which is renewed every five years, is due this September. The legislation renews funding for U.S. agricultural support, conservation efforts, and food subsidies for low-income Americans.

As the U.S. faces the largest amount of debt in its history, some members of the House of Representatives are seeking more cuts to food aid programs, which already went through budget cuts earlier this year.

This stance has received pushback from some in the minority party as farm bill negotiations proceed in House committees. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott of Georgia emphasized his dedication to preserving food aid programs.

“Legislation always requires some degree of compromise, but we will not compromise on our principles,” Congressman Scott said.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Congressman Scott and his colleagues as they advocate for nutrition benefit programs under the farm bill.
  • For members of the House of Representatives as they consider reductions in federal spending to slow the increasing national debt.

Sources: Reuters, Roll Call

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