#FARMBILLFRIDAY: Speaker Paul Ryan
Washington, September 7, 2018
Tags: 2018 Farm Bill
In this week's #FarmBillFriday, Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-1) highlights ways the House-passed 2018 Farm Bill is taking advantage of today's booming economy and helping SNAP recipients get access to skills-based education so they can find a job and improve their futures.
"The farm bill is a perfect opportunity to get people off the sidelines, into the work force, into school, into good careers and employers need it so it’s a win win win."
Speaker Ryan said [in part]:
Most of the spending in the farm bill is on what we think of as food stamps, called SNAP; and here’s the problem, it’s a good problem, the economy is growing really well. Unemployment is extremely low. Employers are looking for workers, and there are a lot of careers to be had out there.
Now here’s the issue, there are roughly 12 million able bodied young people in America today who don’t have young kids or are a working age, or are not working. They’re not looking for a job; they’re not in school; they’re slipping through the cracks. So, if there was ever a time to tackle poverty, to get people on the ladder of life, to get upward mobility reinvigorated in this society, especially among people who have not seen success or have not seen a life where they can make a good living and earn a career and provide, this is the time.
The farm bill is a perfect opportunity to get people off the sidelines, into the work force, into school, into good careers and employers need it so it’s a win win win. Employers find workers, people find work, they find careers and the economy grows. That’s why we’re talking about this in the farm bill.