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  • House Ag Members Highlight Nutrition on House Floor
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, 2018 Farm Bill

    Yesterday, House Agriculture Committee members took to the House floor to highlight the importance of nutrition in the 2018 Farm Bill. The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) maintains and strengthens the nation’s nutrition programs to assist those who struggle to put food on the table, while providing critical training to help people learn the skills necessary to gain well-paying jobs, financial self-sufficiency and better futures for themselves and their families. Below are highligh... Read more

  • Food-stamp work requirements will lift Americans out of poverty
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, 2018 Farm Bill

    USA Today There is a fundamental link between poverty and work. Individuals who hold full-time employment are 10 times less likely to be poor than people who are out of work during at least part of the year. But not every American has the skills and training needed to hold full-time employment. Teaching these skills takes time and resources, which is why for so long our nation has taken a piecemeal approach to supporting work and training to help move people out of poverty. Instead, we’ve focuse... Read more

  • Working on Food Stamps
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, 2018 Farm Bill

    WALL STREET JOURNAL ED BOARD April 11, 2018 A common refrain from businesses is that they can’t find enough workers. The unemployment rate is a low 4.1%, but one reason for the shortage are government benefits that corrode a culture of work. So credit to House Republicans for trying to fix disincentives in food stamps amid what are sure to be nasty and dishonest attacks. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway on Thursday will introduce a farm bill, though food stamps absorb much of the cost. Mo... Read more

  • Nutrition Subcommittee Evaluates Career Pathways to Success for SNAP Recipients
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition held a hearing examining pathways available to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to improve their education and labor force involvement and aim for independence. Subcommittee Chairman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) and members heard from witnesses on career pathway approaches available to work-capable SNAP recipients for them to move up the economic ladder and out of poverty. “Stable employment is ess... Read more

  • Nutrition Subcommittee Evaluates Technology and Modernization of SNAP
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition held a hearing to evaluate technology and modernization in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson and members of the committee heard from a variety of witnesses on the ways technology and modernization improve the customer experience, streamline delivery of services and ease administrative burden. This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s hearing series ... Read more

  • Conaway Welcomes Sec. Perdue to the Agriculture Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on May 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Food Transparency, SNAP, Trade/Food Aid, National Security, Markets and Finance, Conservation, Innovation in Agriculture, 2014 Farm Bill , Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit, Conservation and Forestry, General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, Nutrition, Focus on the Farm Economy

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) welcomed newly-confirmed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Sec. Sonny Perdue to Capitol Hill to testify on the “State of the Rural Economy.” Following the hearing, Chairman Conaway made the below statement: “Against the backdrop of a four-year, 50-percent decline in net farm income, Sec. Perdue’s comments today rightly recognized the concern of America’s farmers and ranchers and the many challenges face... Read more

  • Subcommittee Examines the Future of SNAP
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition

    Today, Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, held a hearing to discuss the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as part of the hearing series to set the stage for the next farm bill. During the 114th Congress, the committee completed a comprehensive review of SNAP—known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP—which helped members gain a better understanding of the program and the population it serves,... Read more

  • Opening Statement: Subcommittee Chairman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson: Nutrition Subcommittee Hearing: The Next Farm Bill: The Future of the SNAP
    Posted in Opening Statements on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP, Nutrition

    Remarks as prepared for delivery: Good morning, and welcome to today’s Nutrition Subcommittee hearing on the future of SNAP. This hearing continues the Committee’s series to review current policy and set the stage for the next farm bill. Thank you to everyone for taking the time to be here, particularly our five witnesses for their participation and respective insights. The House Committee on Agriculture completed a comprehensive review of SNAP during the 114th Congress. Known as the Past, Prese... Read more

  • House Agriculture Committee Considers Pros and Cons to Restricting SNAP Purchases
    Posted in Press Releases on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to explore the implications of restricting what can be purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Members of the committee heard from a panel of witnesses who discussed the challenges of implementing product restrictions, the need for encouraging healthy purchasing habits, and the role that incentives and nutrition education can play in changing consumer behavior. “Nearly 43 million Americans depend on SNAP to p... Read more

  • Opening Statement: Chairman K. Michael Conaway: Committee on Agriculture Hearing: Pros and Cons of Restricting SNAP Purchases
    Posted in Opening Statements on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: SNAP

    Remarks as prepared for delivery: I want to welcome our witnesses to today’s hearing and thank them for taking the time to share their views on a very timely and somewhat sensitive topic—the idea of restricting SNAP purchases. This hearing is a continuation of the conversation had in a Member roundtable last October. There are good arguments to be made on both sides of this issue, and this discussion will be yet another addition to the Committee’s commitment to strengthening the Supplemental Nut... Read more