Statement: Bipartisan Farm Bill passage is a win for Oklahoma families

Oklahoma Policy Institute released the following statement on Congress’s passage this week of a new Farm Bill:

OK Policy applauds the U.S. Congress on their passage of the Farm Bill this week. In particular, we say thank you to all of Oklahoma’s representatives and both senators for their vote in favor of this final version of the bill.

The final version of the Farm Bill reauthorizes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is our nation’s most effective anti-hunger program and this Farm Bill, a solid, bipartisan compromise, rejects the previously proposed harmful cuts to SNAP that would have taken food assistance away from more than one million households.

By maintaining SNAP and rejecting increased barriers to participation, this Farm Bill will ensure that thousands of Oklahoma families that struggle to put food on the table will continue to be able to access this critically important help to weather hard times. This bill also increases investments in work support and training to help people find stable, good paying jobs and secure their family’s future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gene Perry joined OK Policy in January 2011. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism. Gene also serves on the board of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network, is a trustee of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, and has chaired the communications advisory committee for the State Priorities Partnership, a nationwide network of state fiscal policy think tanks. He lives in Tulsa with his wife Kara Joy McKee, who is a Tulsa City Councilor.

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