Why the Senate voted down an amendment to protect SNAP, the federal food assistance program
In the vote-a-rama of the last couple of days, the Senate passed these farm bill amendments with roll-call votes (other amendments were passed or rejected by voice votes):
- No. 2439; To limit the amount of premium subsidy provided by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation on behalf of any person or legal entity with an average adjusted gross income in excess of $750,000 with a delayed application of the limitation until completion of a study on the effects of the limitation.
- No. 2438; To establish highly erodible land and wetland conservation compliance requirements for the Federal crop insurance program.
- No. 2363 As Modified; To ensure that extras in film and television who bring personal, common domesticated household pets do not face unnecessary regulations and to prohibit attendance at an animal fighting venture.
- No. 2295; To increase the amounts authorized to be appropriated for the designation of treatment areas.
- No. 2454; To prohibit assistance to North Korea under title II of the Food for Peace Act unless the President issues a national interest waiver.
- No. 2293; To limit subsidies for millionaires.
- No. 2382; To require the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation to provide crop insurance for organic crops under similar terms and conditions to crop insurance provided for other crops.
- No. 2309; To require a study into the feasibility of an insurance product that covers food safety recalls. No. 2238; To require more frequent dairy reporting.
- No. 2370; To encourage the purchase of pulse crop products for school meals programs.
- No. 2445; To strengthen rural communities and foster the next generation of farmers and ranchers.
- No. 2167; To provide payment limitations for marketing loan gains and loan deficiency payments.
- No. 2190 As Modified; To require Federal milk marketing order reform.
I won't go through all of the rejected amendments, but did notice this one:
- No. 2289; To reduce funding for the market access program and to prohibit the use of funds for reality television shows, wine tastings, animal spa products, and cat or dog food.
Now why would the Senate vote to retain market access program funds for such things? Taxpayer support of promotion of cat and dog food? How did we miss that one when when my co-author and I were writing Feed Your Pet Right, our analysis of the pet food industry.