U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today issued the following statement on the House of Representative's passage of the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act:
"Today is a sad day. Today, the House of Representatives voted to cut critical nutrition assistance from thousands of South Dakotans and millions of Americans. After the House Leadership couldn't pass a farm bill with $20 billion in cuts to nutrition programs, they separated out the nutrition title and doubled the cuts in order to appease the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. This bill is unacceptable.
The Senate, on the other hand, has taken a reasonable, comprehensive approach in our version of the farm bill. Our bill reduces the deficit, supports millions of jobs, improves our farm programs, and makes common-sense reforms to nutrition assistance.
The House Leadership should take up the bipartisan Senate bill. It would pass overwhelmingly, with both Democrat and Republican support, like it did in the Senate earlier this year. Short of that, the House should immediately appoint members to a conference committee with the Senate."