House sends farm bill to Trump without food stamp work requirements

The House on Wednesday passed a $867 billion farm bill without any Republican language that would have expanded work requirements for food stamp recipients.

The bill, which passed the Senate Tuesday by a vote of 87-13, now heads to the president’s desk for signature.

The House approved it overwhelmingly, 369-47, after it was stripped of significant reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, that had been included in the House version. The final bill is a bipartisan compromise between the House and Senate, where Democratic opposition to SNAP reforms forced lawmakers to strip out those reforms.

The GOP language would have broadened work requirements for food stamp recipients and directed $1 billion toward job training programs as part of a plan to wean people away from the program.

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