2018 Farm Bill House passage

2018 Farm Bill House passage

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The House passed the Farm Bill by two votes.

This sweeping measure toughens work requirements for food stamp recipients, bolsters funding for rural infrastructure programs and keeps cotton as a covered commodity, among many other things.

Opponents say the work requirements for food stamps will toss too many beneficiaries off the program.

Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington said the requirements would provide accountability, reduce waste and inefficiency and break the cycle of government dependency, restoring the dignity of work in this country.

Feeding Texas CEO Clia Cole called snap a life line for Texans.

She said the bill will take food off the tables of working families, veterans, elderly and children.

She said the 30 day cut-off for unemployed, able bodied adults is misguided, reckless and completely ignores the challenges of navigating the low wage labor market.

The House bill sets up a certain clash with the senate, which looks to make mostly modest adjustments to existing programs and doesn't pick a fight over food stamps.

The 2014 Farm Bill expires September 30.


(Press Release)

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The Chamber expressed appreciation to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway and Congressman Jodey Arrington for their hard work on the Farm Bill and congratulated area farm organizations on its passing.

Agriculture powers the Lubbock area, making up 33 percent of the total area economy, and it is the engine that makes Lubbock go. Sound farm policy ensures American agriculture remains viable and U.S. consumers continue to have stable and abundant food and fiber production. The Chamber agrees wholeheartedly with the House Agriculture Committee that it is in the best national interest to be able to feed and clothe ourselves independent of other nations.

“Without a good farm bill, our American family farmers would be at the mercy of these foreign governments that can distort markets, and consumers could wind up paying more money for food and fiber. At the Chamber, we know that good farm policy doesn’t just benefit farmers, but consumers as well,” said Chairman Cory Powell.

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce represents more than 1,900 businesses and over 79,000 employees on the South Plains which accounts for over $2 billion in annual household earnings in Lubbock and West Texas. Since 1913 the Chamber, as a catalyst for business growth; a convener of leaders and influencers; and a champion for a stronger community, has served as a unified voice of business by actively advocating for a pro-jobs, pro-growth, pro-business climate.

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