Today, U.S. Representative Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02) voted NO on H.R. 2, commonly known as the GOP Farm Bill of 2018.
“This bill did not help proportionally the same people as the previous farm bill,” Thompson said. “I have been a longtime supporter of agriculture and the GOP Farm Bill failed farmers and working families throughout the Second Congressional District. The bill would have cut SNAP benefits by $23 billion, which puts children, seniors, students, veterans and disabled individuals at risk.”
“The House rejecting this bad bill gives us an opportunity to come back and craft legislation that is better for everyone. My NO vote ensures the stability of social safety net and agricultural programs to benefit residents of the Second Congressional District.”
The House rejected the bill by a 198-213 vote. The GOP Farm Bill included work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. The bill will now return to the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture for redevelopment.
Congressman Bennie Thompson Press Release