Chairman, Colin Peterson, House Agriculture Committee discussed on All Things Considered


To vote for an expensive safety net for farmers and for decades it worked that coalition is at risk of crumbling this year after house democrats all but abandoned the negotiations i didn't walk away we didn't walk away we were pushed away by an ideological fight i repeatedly warned the chairman not to start that's colin peterson the top democrat on the house agriculture committee at a hearing last month peterson says he's worked with republicans on every farm bill since the nineteen nineties but this time he can't promise that a single democrat will vote for this bill but house republicans have the backing of president trump they want strict requirements that recipients who are healthy and able to work spend time searching for jobs and getting training or volunteering and they say voters agree republicans point to polls from the rightleaning foundation for government accountability the group's vice president for federal affairs christina rasmussen says the support crosses ideological lines you see seven out of ten democrats supporting these ideas independence usually come in at eight out of ten republicans nine out of ten but democrats disagree they say voters view food stamps as an essential part of the government's safety net that republicans are trying to dismantle stacy dean heads the food assistance program at the left leaning center on budget and policy priorities she says people who can work often use food stamps for just a short amount of time anti says the number of people using the program is falling the enrollment in the program has been a coming down it's dropped several million people since the height of the recession and is projected to continue to decline to pre recession levels but this is an election year and congress just passed an expensive tax cut and two years of budget increases and.

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