By a 234-195 vote, the U.S. House voted down a massive farm bill that would have cut more than $20 billion from the federal food stamp program. Congressman Bill Shuster was among those who voted against the bill. The total size of the bill was $940 billion.
The food stamp program is formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Those in Pennsylvania’s farming and agricultural community have expressed concern about the lack of a bill, since agriculture is very important across the state. In fact, Pennsylvania ranks 20th in the nation in net agricultural production.
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Samantha Krepps says the Corbett administration was disappointed by the failure of the bill but it would not have immediate ramifications because the current farm bill extends through September 30th. Congressman Shuster did not release a statement on his vote against the bill.