Statement: Congress must end attacks on SNAP to pass Farm Bill

Oklahoma Policy Institute released the following statement on the failure and possible reconsideration of the Farm Bill in the U.S. House:

Renewal of the U.S. Farm Bill is essential for Oklahoma families and for our state’s agricultural economy. Unfortunately, passage of this law has been derailed because Congress pursued a deeply flawed and partisan approach that would have taken away food assistance from two million struggling Americans, including children, seniors, and veterans.

It is deeply disappointing that 198 members of the U.S. House, including all the members of the Oklahoma delegation, voted in favor of this harsh and partisan Farm Bill that would put an estimated 97,000 Oklahomans and their families at risk of going hungry. This bill would have cut SNAP dollars by nearly $19 billion and diverted much of that money to a risky new scheme of ineffective work programs and unforgiving penalties. This plan would have resulted in Oklahomans losing food assistance without new income to cover the loss.

The food assistance provided by SNAP is crucial for many Oklahoma families and for the Oklahoma economy. SNAP brings nearly $1 billion per year to our state and keeps many communities from becoming food deserts. To pass a responsible Farm Bill, Congress must return to a bipartisan commitment to improve SNAP and reduce hunger and malnutrition in America. It’s time for Congress to embrace that bipartisan spirit again and work on a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens SNAP.


Courtney Cullison worked for OK Policy from 2017 to 2020 as a policy analyst focused on issues of economic opportunity and financial security. Before coming to OK Policy, Courtney worked in higher education, holding faculty positions at the University of Texas at Tyler and at Connors State College in eastern Oklahoma. A native Oklahoman, she received an Honors B.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. with emphasis in congressional politics and public policy from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, Courtney was a fellow at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. As a professor she taught classes in American politics, public policy, and research methods and conducted original research with a focus on the relationship between representatives and the constituents they serve.

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