House Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill on Party-Line Vote

Posted on: April 20th, 2018 by NADO Admin

This week, the House Agriculture Committee approved the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (https://www NULL.congress NULL.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr2%22%5D%7D&r=1) (H.R. 2), on a party-line vote of 26 – 20.  The hours-long mark-up was dominated by debate over the farm bill’s nutrition title which would impose stricter work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.

The rural development title of the bill of the bill, Title VI, includes provisions to assist rural communities.  The bill would continue incentives for regional economic development investments that began under the 2014 farm bill and would authorize the funding of technical assistance to communities to develop strategic community investment plans.  In addition, the bill reauthorizes rural development loan and grant programs through fiscal year (FY) 2023 in the areas of water and waste, community facilities, rural business and economic development, rural electrification, telemedicine and distance learning, and broadband.  Regional commissions including the Delta Regional Authority, Northern Great Plains Regional Authority, Northern Border Regional Commission, Southeast Crescent Regional Commission, and Southwest Border Regional Commission are also reauthorized.  The bill elevates as priorities extending broadband service to rural areas and combatting the opioid crisis in rural communities.  Click here (https://agriculture NULL.house NULL.gov/farmbill/) for more information on the farm bill.

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