Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after North Dakota District Court Judge Ralph Erickson issued a preliminary injunction to halt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule from being implemented in 13 states. It would affect Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
Ag Committee Advances Reconciliation Proposal
Tamara Hinton, 202.225.0184
WASHINGTON – Today, the House Agriculture Committee advanced, by voice vote, the proposal to satisfy reconciliation instructions required by House Concurrent Resolution 112. Instructions included making policy changes that resulted in one, five, and 10 year saving estimates of $7.7 billion, $19.7 billion, and $33.2 billion, respectively.
The proposal achieves these savings by making common sense reforms in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program. Over the last 10 years, the cost of the SNAP program has grown 270 percent. The Committee proposed closing loopholes, reducing waste and abuse, and increasing the integrity of the program to ensure SNAP serves only those households who qualify for the program. The proposal would cut costs by 4 percent.
"Every one of these proposals represents common sense and good government in a time of fiscal restraint. There is no denying that SNAP provides important support for many Americans. That’s why it’s important that we ensure the integrity of this program. Today, the Committee demonstrated that we are committed to doing our part to reduce the debt and provide nutrition assistance for American families most in need," said Chairman Frank Lucas.
A copy of the proposal can be found here.