WASHINGTON D.C. (ABC4 News)- President Trump signed into law the $867 billion dollar farm bill providing financial support and a measure of confidence to America’s farmers.
The bi-partisan farm bill impacts every part of American agriculture-from nutrition assistance for poor Americans, to legalizing hemp production, to providing crop insurance for farmers like Glenn Brunkow of Kansas.
“The farm bill ensures farmers can stay in business and that we can continue to produce a safe food supply,” he said.
House Republicans and the president were disappointed that the bill did not include work requirements for food stamp recipients, so Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says his department will take action on its own to insist states establish stronger work rules.
“We’re talking about people who sit at home, without trying anything to get back, we want to get these people back in the workforce,” he said.
Secretary Perdue says the public has 60 days to comment on the proposed rule changes before they take effect.
On Capitol Hill, Democrats are accusing the administration of ignoring the will of Congress and outright cruelty.
“Why at Christmas would you take food out of the mouths of the American people?,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi said.
The USDA says if the food stamp changes go into effect They could impact up to 3 million people who depend on the program.