Pelosi’s comment came after more than 200 House Democrats wrote a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday demanding that a final farm bill includes adequate funding for food assistance programs. House Republicans were unable to pass a comprehensive farm bill that cut nearly $30 billion in food stamps, but instead passed legislation that removed SNAP entirely from the bill.
Pelosi said Democrats stand together in a “fight not to increase hunger in America.”
The Democratically controlled Senate passed a bipartisan farm bill earlier this year that reduced spending by $24 billion, with $4 billion in cuts to food stamps. Senators have requested a conference committee to work out the differences between the House and Senate bills. If both chambers don’t pass a conference committee solution, current funding levels without major reforms will likely be extended when the existing farm bill expires at the end of September.