Arrington: Democrats 'way out of touch' on Farm Bill 2018 - FOX34 Lubbock

Arrington: Democrats 'way out of touch' on Farm Bill 2018


Congress is expected to take a major step toward passing the 2018 Farm Bill.

The House version has come under major scrutiny from Democrats. They're opposed to Republican efforts to reshape the Food Stamp Program.

Republican lawmakers want to require millions of low income, able-bodied Americans to work at least 20 hours a week or enroll in a job training program to receive nutritional assistance. They argue it will encourage adults to move back into the workforce and reduce the strain on the Snap program.

Democrats say it'll negatively affect families and reduce their access to nutritional assistance.

"I just think the Democrats on this issue are way out of touch," Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington said. "On any and every poll I've seen, reforms are supported, mandatory work requirements, upwards of 75 to 80 percent on Democrat and Republican voters. This is the right thing to do. I'm committed to it but it's disappointing we couldn't get our Democrat colleagues to come along with us."

Congressman Arrington said he expects the Farm Bill to pass largely along party lines. That vote is expected tomorrow afternoon.

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