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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Disabilities and the Defeat of the Farm Bill

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss health care issues and social services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Autism Society and other disability groups strongly opposed the Farm Bill, mainly because of its provisions on SNAP, aka food stamps.  The bill went down 198-213. A statement from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi mentioned the role of disabilities:
On a bipartisan basis, the House rejected a bad bill that failed farmers and working families.  Republicans wrote a cruel, destructive Farm Bill that abandoned farmers and producers amid plummeting farm prices and the self-inflicted damage of President Trump’s trade brinkmanship.  Their heartless bill would have slashed $23 billion in SNAP benefits for children, seniors, students, 1.5 million veterans, 23,000 servicemembers, individuals with disabilities and working families.