Jun 21 2018
This afternoon, Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH) released the following statement regarding the House passage of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, also known as the Farm Bill:
“I just voted for H.R. 2 - Agriculture and Nutrition Act aka The Farm Bill. As I travel the state and meet with farmers, I constantly hear that because of current commodity prices, the agriculture community is struggling. With more than 70,000 farms across Ohio, accounting for more than 10% of our state’s gross product and supporting 14% of our state’s employment, it’s vital that I find federal solutions to benefit this industry.
Did you know farm income nationwide is down 50% compared to five years ago?
This is why it was a priority for me to support a bill that ensures the responsible safety net remains in place for our farmers.
Did you know that there are more than 40 million Americans who are on SNAP today?
That’s more than twice the amount enrolled in the program just 15 years ago.
This bill requires able-bodied citizens between 18-59 to either work for 20 hours a week or participate in job training for 20 hours a week to receive SNAP benefits. Of course, there are exceptions for disabled, pregnant, or have children under the age of 6 from this requirement. This provision will protect benefits for the most vulnerable while ensuring that individuals are participating in our economy if they receive federal benefits.
I hope the Senate understands that this bill meets the needs of our farmers, consumers, and workers, and pass this so it can be signed into law by President Trump.”
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