Aw, SNAP: Obama Threatens Farm Bill Veto Over Cuts to Food Assistance
SNAP: The Senate cut it; the House wants to cut it even more. But according to a new report from the Associated Press, neither house is going to slash real-world spending on food assistance if they pass a Farm Bill that guts the former food stamp program—President Obama will veto it.
According to a statement from the White House, SNAP is “a cornerstone of our nation’s food assistance safety net.” Rather than gutting the program, in which nearly 48 million Americans are now enrolled, “The White House argued that the House should make deeper cuts to farm subsidies like crop insurance instead,” the AP reports.
The SNAP portion of the Farm Bill may dominate the debate in Congress, but the White House’s suggestion is in line with many critics of the 2013 bill. Crop insurance, which protects farmers from the economic damage of crop failures with subsidized plans, overwhelmingly favors corporate agriculture. Between crop insurance and price supports, the Farm Bill could hand out as much as $1 trillion to Big Ag—a figure bandied about by liberal and conservative groups alike.