Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today, as House and Senate Farm Bill Conferees meet to begin negotiations toward completing a five-year reauthorization of the Farm Bill:
"Today's meeting of the Farm Bill Conferees is long overdue and takes place just days before millions of American families struggling to put food on their table face yet another cut in their SNAP benefits. These families, already on the chopping block from the House Republican SNAP proposal that cuts nearly $40 billion from critical nutrition assistance, deserve swift action from Congress to pass a bill that provides the much-needed nutritional support for our children, our seniors, our veterans, and our communities.
"Across the nation, hardworking Americans and rural communities are suffering from the expiration of the Farm Bill. Our farmers and ranchers are being made to endure enormous economic uncertainty, at a time when they can least afford it. Nothing less than 16 million agricultural jobs hang in the balance.
"I am confident that Ranking Member Collin Peterson and our House Democratic conferees will bring their diverse leadership and expertise to the negotiating table to ensure we move forward on passage of a five-year Farm Bill. I hope that today's meeting is the beginning of a transparent process to resolving the significant differences between the House and Senate passed legislation."