U.S. Rep. Vicky Harzler, R-MO, will serve on a committee which could make sweeping changes to federal policies on food stamps, free or reduced school lunches and farm subsidies.
Both chambers of Congress have passed bills extending the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Bill details differ significantly. The House farm bill, called the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, would reduce enrollment in the SNAP program and increase work requirements for recipients. The Senate version extends the program’s job-training program.
The House bill passed on June 17 by a largely party-line vote of 213-211. The Senate version enjoyed more bipartisan support and passed by a 86-11 margin.
Both bills now go to conference, with House and Senate leadership assigning members of the conference committee. On the House side, Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler will be among the committee members.
Negotiations on the conference committee bill are currently ongoing. A vote is not expected until after Labor Day, as the House is in recess from July 27-Labor Day, and the Senate is in recess from Aug. 6-10.