Pelosi’s comment came after more than 200 House Democrats wrote a letter to Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (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.