Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Farm Bill to help Military Families

In agriculture circles one fact about the farm bill that often goes unappreciated is the inclusion of food stamps into the total package. Frankly this is one of the reasons the farm bill often has broad support from urban legislators, especially in the House. A recent bi-partisan recommendation to include language in this farm bill to excluce military combat pay in financial calculations of needs was introduced.

From the Navy Times
"A bipartisan bill supporting the administration’s request to permanently exclude combat-related pay from income calculations for food stamps was introduced in the House on May 3.
“Feeding America’s Families Act of 2007,” a bill introduced by Reps. James McGovern, D-Mass., and Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., has a provision that would exclude from food-stamp eligibility calculations any additional payment received by a service member as the result of deployment to a designated combat zone, for the duration of the member’s deployment. The additional pay must be the result of deployment to or service in the combat zone.
The proposal likely will be considered as lawmakers craft a new farm bill, which provides spending authority for federal nutrition programs. The current law will expire at the end of this fiscal year."

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