U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), recipient of the American Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award, voted against the passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act because it failed to enact sufficient reforms to the SNAP program.
“While I was pleased that the farm bill included key provisions, like my wildfire relief efforts, to support Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers, I couldn’t overlook the fact the bill didn’t take any meaningful steps to reform the out of control costs and lack of accountability with the SNAP program. Over 80 percent of the resources in the farm bill don’t go to support agriculture, but rather sustain the unaccountable and out of control food stamp program. I introduced amendments that would restore the integrity of the farm bill and enact meaningful reforms to the SNAP program, but Democrats refused to consider our commonsense improvements.
“I am encouraged that the House-passed farm bill has strong SNAP reforms by strengthening work requirements and improving accountability. I hope that the final legislation will reflect their reforms.”
The Inhofe amendment would have saved $260 billion over ten years by converting the food stamp program into a block grant program run by individual states. The proposal would have also required beneficiaries meet work requirements, pass drug tests and demonstrate citizenship or proof of legal residency. Inhofe will continue to fight to support Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers by reducing burdensome regulations after wildfires and other natural disasters and supporting young individuals who want to start a career in agriculture.