U.S. farm bill has cleared its final hurdle in the senate, and final passage is expected as early as Tuesday. The $1 trillion farm bill trims food stamps for the poor, expands federal crop insurance, consolidates agricultural conservation programs and ends direct payments to farmers.
As President Obama again seeks bipartisan solutions from Congress after his State of the Union speech, he can note one reform nearing passage: Support for states to nudge food stamp recipients into job training and jobs.
The agreed-upon cuts to food stamps are significantly less than what the House had requested, but double what the Senate had proposed. The compromise could be introduced on the House floor Wednesday.
Working-age people are now the majority recipients of food stamps, replacing children and seniors as the traditional primary beneficiaries, a new analysis shows. Federal spending on food stamps has doubled since 2008.
A whopping 110,239 individual recipients were added to the food stamps program with the current total declining 0.29 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to the latest data released by the Department of Agriculture.
Over the years, tax policy has been a key tool in keeping the safety net that protects the nation's poor intact.