Ballooning cost estimates for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are likely to paint a bigger target on the farm bill’s nutrition title heading when lawmakers start drafting the bill in the next Congress.
Lawmakers are starting hearings on the next farm bill at a time when the historically high commodity prices mean the public may see little need to beef up programs despite input prices that are also soaring.
More children experienced food insecurity in 2020 than in 2019, the Agriculture Department said in its annual report on household food security in the U.S. But nationwide, the overall rate remained steady despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Democrats pushed President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package through the House early Saturday despite progressives' fears about the future of a minimum-wage increase that's included in the measure.