May 15, 2013
Fellow Republican Says Rep. Kevin Cramer’s Approach Could Put Farm Bill at Risk
Congressman Kevin Cramer, who once irresponsibly suggested that “we probably can weather not having a Farm Bill” is at it again, backing changes that members of his own party have suggested put the bill at risk in the House.
The Bismarck Tribune reported this week “(Cramer) spoke favorably of the roughly $20 billion in food stamp program cuts in the House bill. He said simply having more stringent requirements in place to qualify will reduce spending and the potential for waste. ‘We're going to be pushing pretty firm on that. I don't see there being a lot of room to move on that,’ Cramer said.” [Bismarck Tribune, 5/12/13]
Cramer’s comments come just days after Republican Kristi Noem told South Dakotans that the kind of cuts Cramer is pushing will put the Farm Bill at risk for failure. According to WNAX: “She’s also concerned about the push for large SNAP cuts which could hurt the chances of passing the farm bill. Noem is hopeful they’ll look at common sense reform instead.” [Noem.house.gov]
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) cuts backed by Congressman Cramer would mean eliminating food assistance to nearly 2 million low-income people, mostly working families with children and senior citizens. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 5/13/13]