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house Bill H.R. 2

The Farm Bill: Renewing & Reforming the Nation’s Food & Agriculture Programs (Conference Report)

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill provides America’s farmers and ranchers with much needed stability from volatile commodity markets by increasing access to crop insurance and international markets. It also reforms the SNAP food assistance program to strengthen and improve state work requirements.

Eileen's Opinion
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05/14/2018
As a Senior Citien I have worked for over 40 years and we should be getting a supplement of SNAp so that we won't have to choose getting food or our medicines. Why should the Seniors have to suffer and beg for food when our taxpapers money is taking care of everyone else. It;s our turn to be be taken care of.
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Suzanne's Opinion
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05/18/2018
Stop this “other issues” and work on GUN CONTROL. More children killed today and still no action from Congress. If you do not address this issue will be voting everybody out. The good, the bad and the ugly.
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Gabrielle's Opinion
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06/21/2018
Shame on the Democrats who are opposing everything good for this country because they don't want any successes for President Trump. There's a special place in hell for these Legislators who care nothing about the people they represent.
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Argument opposed

This bill doesn't do enough to overhaul the SNAP program by strengthening work requirements, which ensure taxpayers aren't sending welfare checks to those unwilling to work. It also doesn’t do enough to protect farmers and ranchers from instability caused by commodities markets and disasters.

Sandi's Opinion
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04/30/2018
We need to OPPOSE this bill. Some examples of the harm this bill would do: 1) encouraging profligate pesticide use by preempting state pesticide laws, weakening federal protections for wildlife and endangered species from pesticides, exempting pesticides from the Clean Water Act, expediting EPA approval of pesticides without agreed-to protections, and delaying EPA pesticide protections; 2) adding work requirements to recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), targeting food access for struggling families; 3) weakening low-income children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables in schools, allowing schools to instead buy junk food with no restrictions on added sugar, salt or fats; 4) eliminating the Conservation Stewardship Program, leaving farmers with fewer resources and options to implement conservation on their farms; 5) allowing mining and oil and gas drilling on agricultural conservation lands; and 6) weakening protection of endangered species from logging.
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OlderNWiser's Opinion
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05/17/2018
Most of what this terrible bill does is cut SNAP—another travesty to starve poor people— destroy environmental protections to poison the earth and kill more helpless animals assuming them, like poor people, to be things. This is misnamed. It is the Evil Destruction bill.
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Mary's Opinion
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05/14/2018
My two major concerns with this bill are the major cuts proposed to the food stamp program along side major funding cuts for our local farmers. Plenty of people who work unfortunately are still depending on food stamps but taking them away is not going to help anyone receive more pay in order to afford food. If wages would be raised in order to meet up with inflation, not so many people would be dependent on the program. As for our local farmers if their funding gets cut then think about the cost of shipping food from non-local Farms and it’s going to increase everyone’s cost share including in the grocery store. If we would fund local farms, prices in grocery stores may decrease.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate Passed December 11th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 87 Yea / 13 Nay
  • The house Passed December 12th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 369 Yea / 47 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
    IntroducedApril 12th, 2018

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    As a Senior Citien I have worked for over 40 years and we should be getting a supplement of SNAp so that we won't have to choose getting food or our medicines. Why should the Seniors have to suffer and beg for food when our taxpapers money is taking care of everyone else. It;s our turn to be be taken care of.
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    We need to OPPOSE this bill. Some examples of the harm this bill would do: 1) encouraging profligate pesticide use by preempting state pesticide laws, weakening federal protections for wildlife and endangered species from pesticides, exempting pesticides from the Clean Water Act, expediting EPA approval of pesticides without agreed-to protections, and delaying EPA pesticide protections; 2) adding work requirements to recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), targeting food access for struggling families; 3) weakening low-income children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables in schools, allowing schools to instead buy junk food with no restrictions on added sugar, salt or fats; 4) eliminating the Conservation Stewardship Program, leaving farmers with fewer resources and options to implement conservation on their farms; 5) allowing mining and oil and gas drilling on agricultural conservation lands; and 6) weakening protection of endangered species from logging.
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    Most of what this terrible bill does is cut SNAP—another travesty to starve poor people— destroy environmental protections to poison the earth and kill more helpless animals assuming them, like poor people, to be things. This is misnamed. It is the Evil Destruction bill.
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    My two major concerns with this bill are the major cuts proposed to the food stamp program along side major funding cuts for our local farmers. Plenty of people who work unfortunately are still depending on food stamps but taking them away is not going to help anyone receive more pay in order to afford food. If wages would be raised in order to meet up with inflation, not so many people would be dependent on the program. As for our local farmers if their funding gets cut then think about the cost of shipping food from non-local Farms and it’s going to increase everyone’s cost share including in the grocery store. If we would fund local farms, prices in grocery stores may decrease.
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    Just as the benefactors of the tax budget, the benefactors of this bill will be the big corporations, not the farmers. So far, only the lobbyists have had your ear and have lined your pockets. I urge our representatives to bring forth farmers and their families for their opinion. I believe their testimony and voice carries all the weight in addressing this bill.
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    When the GOP 'reforms' anything be very afraid. It means taking a meat ax to regulations and social programs like SNAP that serve the public good, all so their corporate donors, who are already doing phenomenally well, can literally and financially make a killing.
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    Cuts to SNAP, deregulation of pesticides, gutting protections for farmers... just STOP! This bill is made of hate and stupidity. This is just another example of the Profit over People mentality. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS.
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    Stop this “other issues” and work on GUN CONTROL. More children killed today and still no action from Congress. If you do not address this issue will be voting everybody out. The good, the bad and the ugly.
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    It is hardly fair to require one to work in order for them to be able to eat--being able to provide for oneself is a fundamental human right, regardless of whether or not we have fallen on hard times. Of course, we really should be transitioning to a universal basic income anyways.
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    I know my representatives will vote no ! This bill is disastrous to the environment protections sustainability water air everything important to life on earth . Please vote no ! No to donors
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    Shame on the Democrats who are opposing everything good for this country because they don't want any successes for President Trump. There's a special place in hell for these Legislators who care nothing about the people they represent.
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    So many provisions in this bill promote unhealthy eating, from the broken SNAP system to subsidized corn.
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    Has Dow chemical paid Michael Cohen or another lobbyist to make sure they wrote this bill? Hmmmm maybe we should have the house members work a minimum wage job 60 hours a week and then have to apply for food stamps to feed their families for a month. Let’s have these Congressmen and Congresswomen take care of their children, aged parents and have time to work for minimum wage and see how they feel at the end of the month. Right to work only helps corporations pay lower wages and take food out of the mouths of the poor. Shame on all of you who vote yes on this bill.
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    SNAP-is all important in itself! Therefore SNAP deserves to be treated alone, and not Hidden in the bulk of this Bill. Here, SNAP is lost and recipients ‘screwed’, to put it politely. Do your job...Fairly.
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    This bill does not reform SNAP. It simply prays on the most vulnerable in society. Forcing people to work for welfare is more akin to slavery. Most people on SNAP are already working anyway.
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    SNAP regulations/laws should be separate from this bill and CLEARLY written. EPA needs to have a say in this (long term scientist employees- not politically appointed department heads). More protections for the farmer - especially the small farmer. Bills need to be separate because when lumped together they hide many negative aspects of a bill.
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    Any bill that makes it harder for the working poor to access food assistance should be REJECTED. If our nation can afford to give half it's budget to the military, it can afford to feed vulnerable citizens.
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    I oppose this current farm bill because it is cutting SNAP benefits. According to Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the current farm bill would significantly increase food insecurity. The billś proposed work requirements would create many barriers for low income families that already struggle to get and maintain stable employment. The current proposal would end up cutting benefits for a large number of families. In addition, the farm bill is subsidizing farmers who farm corn and soy, which are the major ingredients in processed food. The government should put more funding into the organic farmers, so that they can make organic crops, which are healthier for the people and the environment.
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    This farm bill will make life much harder on animals!
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    Don’t cut snap. Keep food stamps/snap. Don’t offer cheap ineffective insurance plans. It undercuts the law of the land. - - There are things in this bill that are unacceptable.
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