Stabenow said she would instead be supportive of policies that focused on job creation, arguing that on average, most food stamp recipients are on support for fewer than 10 months.
"For those who have lost their jobs, SNAP is a short-term lifeline to keep food on the table while they search for a job," she said. "People on SNAP want to work, but there just aren’t enough jobs for them."
The White House has also pressed for a defeat of the House's nutrition proposal, which it says would weaken farm and rural economies. Instead, an administration statement suggests, the House should reauthorize the farm bill in a "comprehensive manner."
The White House also opposed a House proposal earlier this year that suggested a lower $20 billion in cuts to food stamps – $20 billion less than the plan set for a vote Thursday.
While the nutrition provisions seemingly remain the final hurdle on the way to a farm bill conference, lawmakers have several other priorities on their minds, including the federal budget. In response to the looming deadline that is the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 – also the expiration date for current farm policy – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., Wednesday cancelled a legislative recess scheduled for next week to provide more time to settle the essential continuing resolution legislation.
While a decision on the CR isn't expected to halt talks on the nutrition provisions, it could be a speed bump on the way to conference on the farm bill.