Happening in Washington and affecting the Rio Grande Valley…
The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, is expected in the House of Representatives this week.
Agriculture plays a big role in the Rio Grande Valley economy. The Pharr International Bridge alone is considered one of the nation’s top produce crossings.
News Center 23 spoke to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller on what is needed the most in South Texas.
Sid Miller – Texas Agriculture Commissioner “We sorely need broadband brought to rural areas of the state so that we can stay competitive. We’ve got some funding also in there for Hurricane Harvey relief. Maybe not this area so much, but further up the coast. 58 counties that had some kind of damage or devastation due to Hurricane Harvey, we’re going to address that.”
One of the most controversial parts of the farm bill, a revamp to SNAP food assistance, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
This includes a plan to add a ‘work requirement’ for those receiving food stamps.
Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018: https://agriculture.house.gov/uploadedfiles/agriculture_and_nutrition_act_of_2018.pdf
(SNAP: pg. 223 – Work Requirements pg. 247)
Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) on work requirements for snap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H75GcXEyLJc&feature=youtu.be