Lucas Names Three Areas of Farm Bill Controversy

During a visit to the Texas Tech Experimental Sciences building - Farm Bill Conference Chairman Frank Lucas spoke a little bit about the farm bill. He highlighted three primary areas of contention between the House and Senate that need to be resolved. Those areas include the safety net in the commodity title, specifics in the dairy title - where Lucas doesn't support the supply management component included in the language passed by the Senate - and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Lucas said the important thing to do with the nutrition title is to structure reforms in a way that ensure those who need help are not denied help. His goal is to ensure everyone who receives assistance is truly worthy of it. While Lucas said most legislators agree SNAP reforms are needed - the degree of cuts is in question. The Senate called for a four-billion dollar cut in its farm bill - while the House measure would cut nearly 40-billion dollars. As long as legislators can work out their differences - Lucas believes a final version of the farm bill can be presented to President Obama by the end of the year. Noting it's taken two years to get the farm bill to even this point - Lucas said it shouldn't be this hard to make sure everyone has enough to eat.

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