House Ag Approves $33 Billion Cuts in SNAP

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

April 20, 2012

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House Ag Approves $33 Billion Cuts in SNAP


The House Agriculture Committee passed the Agricultural Reconciliation Act of 2012, which would cut $33.2 billion over 10 years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the food stamp program). 

This recommendation is designed to meet the reconciliation instructions from the House Budget Resolution, which requires the House Agriculture Committee to cut $33 billion from programs under its jurisdiction.  Congressman Frank Lucas (R- OK), committee chair, said the cuts from SNAP would make “credible reforms that reduce waste and abuse and close program loopholes.” 

Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), ranking member of the committee, feels the proposal is “a waste of time” because the Senate will not do reconciliation.  He said, “The proposal before us is not serious. You can’t have a serious conversation about getting our budget under control when you take large items like defense off the table, which is really why we’re here. Taking a meat ax to nutrition programs that feed millions of hard-working families in an effort to avoid defense cuts is not a serious way to achieve deficit reduction. No wonder no one likes Congress.”  

About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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