Editorial: Republicans Push For New Food Stamp Laws + 10 Other GOP Farm Bill Changes

Editorial: Republicans Push For New Food Stamp Laws + 10 Other GOP Farm Bill Changes

Let States Do Whatever They Want With Food Stamp Funding:
Huelskamp also introduced an amendment that would turn food stamps into a block grant program, effectively giving all the money to the states with no strings attached, allowing state lawmakers to use the money however they see fit. Opponents say that turning food stamp into a block grant program could also make it harder for states to respond to increases in need.

End Link Between Home Heating & Food Stamps:
Doug LaMalfa of California introduced an amendment to end the connection between home heating eligibility and food stamps. Under the current version of the program, those who are eligible for assistance heating their home also qualified for food stamp benefits. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has praised the connection, calling it a "streamlined approach" that "reduces unnecessary paperwork for eligible households and state SNAP agencies."