FGA Comments on Signing of the 2018 Farm Bill

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Washington, D.C. — President Trump signed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 into law this morning, ending a months-long debate over food stamp reform in Congress.

Important pro-work reforms from the House version of the Farm Bill were not included in the final law. However, the Farm Bill signed by the president did not impede regulatory reforms, and earlier today the Trump administration announced a new rule that will reduce state abuse of work requirement waivers, marking a good step in the right direction.

“The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 falls short of the work-promoting policy this economic moment calls for. With seven million open jobs and a record-low unemployment, now is the time to move able-bodied adults from welfare to work,” said Kristina Rasmussen, vice president of federal affairs at the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA). “The Trump administration must now turn to regulatory reforms of the welfare system. There is still work to be done to lift millions out of dependency, and FGA looks forward to a continuing conversation on food stamp reform in the executive branch.”

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The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is a non–profit, multi–state think tank that specializes in health care, welfare, and work reform. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.