This week, agriculture leadership in both chambers will likely announce a date for the farm bill conference to begin. Last week, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) shared that the farm bill conference would begin when both chambers are in session, which means that a date will likely be scheduled for the week of October 28. The Senate is not in session this week.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Last week, the CATO Institute published a study that supports efforts for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) reform. The study finds that increased participation in SNAP over the past 13 years is due to “deliberate policy choices,” rather than economic factors, assails the program as fraudulent and ineffective, and suggests that lawmakers relinquish control of the program to states.