Statement on that passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, the Senate Farm Bill: Protects the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program

From Linda Bopp, Executive Director

The U.S Senate passed by a vote of 86 to 11 the bipartisan Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, which will keep food in the refrigerators and on the tables of 2.9 million New Yorker’s who struggle with hunger.

Hunger Solutions New York commends the Senate for this overwhelmingly bipartisan vote in favor of the Senate farm bill, which demonstrates that a farm bill that protects food assistance for low-income New Yorker’s is the right way forward.  The Senate bill affirms that SNAP is one of our nation’s most powerful and effective poverty-reduction programs, and it builds on the strong history of SNAP supporting work by dedicating more funding for states to try innovative solutions to helping SNAP participants get and keep a job.

We commend Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer for their leadership in supporting the Senate farm bill and rejecting an amendment that would have taken away food assistance from many people in New York and imposed burdensome requirements on SNAP participants and our state.

As the House and Senate now turn to negotiate a final version of the farm bill in conference, we urge Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer to continue standing up for low-income New Yorkers by working with their colleagues to ensure that the final version also protects SNAP.

The best outcome for our state and our nation is a strong, bipartisan farm bill that protects SNAP. The Senate farm bill meets these criteria, and it is now up to all lawmakers to ensure that the conference bill does the same.