SNAP Divide: The fight is not going away any time soon

The fight over SNAP could prove to be one of the larger holdups in the Farm Bill, and it is not going away any time soon.

At a recent House Ag Appropriations hearing, Chair Andy Harris once again called for states to run SNAP-healthy food pilots.

“Let me be clear. This does not reduce funding for the program or reduce household benefits. This does not make a nationwide program change. We do know that some states and cities have been interested in restricting unhealthy foods in the SNAP program, so this allows them to pilot the concept.”

Not all members agree with that move, though, and some are more concerned about broader cuts to SNAP. Democrats argue the House bill under-funds the program by more than $150 million. Republicans argue SNAP makes up more than 80 percent of the Farm Bill, and farm programs need more support because they are long out of date.