The lead Democratic architect of the Senate farm bill on Friday faulted conservative Republicans for casting doubt on the future of federal farm and food aid policy as House GOP leaders left Washington for the weekend with no immediate plans to take up legislation addressing food stamp money.
House Republicans narrowly approved a modified farm bill this week that stripped out provisions regarding federal food stamps and nutrition programs.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairman of the Agriculture Committee who shepherded a bipartisan proposal through the Senate last month, said the House vote had created a “a very frustrating, and frankly confusing situation.”
“When you’ve got 16 million people working on agriculture in this country, it’s the biggest jobs bill we’ll have in front of us this year. So many people who’ve been uncooperative here actually represent agricultural areas, so I have no idea what they’re doing,” Stabenow said in an interview Friday.