White House Warns of Veto On House Farm Bill

Obama Administration calls SNAP cuts in Farm Bill 'unacceptable'; House ready to begin floor debate

Published on: Jun 18, 2013

The White House Monday issued a statement of Administration policy regarding the 2013 House Farm Bill, noting big complaints with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance cuts and crop insurance subsidies as the bill stands.

According to the statement, suggested changes included reduction of crop insurance subsidies to provide for return of cuts to SNAP funding.

"Rather than reducing crop insurance subsidies by $11.7 billion over 10 years, as proposed in the President's Budget, H.R. 1947 would increase reference prices for farmers by roughly 45% and increase already generous crop insurance subsidies at a cost of nearly $9 billion over 10 years to the Nation's taxpayers," the statement noted.

Obama Administration calls SNAP cuts in Farm Bill unacceptable; House ready to begin floor debate
Obama Administration calls SNAP cuts in Farm Bill 'unacceptable'; House ready to begin floor debate

Conservation compliance, which appears in the Senate-passed version of the Farm Bill, is also a top priority for the Obama Administration.

But if the Administration's needs aren't met, a veto could be imminent.

"If the President were presented with H.R. 1947, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill," the statement said.

As outlined in the President's budget, the Administration said it supports disaster program extensions, rural development expansion, strong nutrition programs and conservation elements in a new Farm Bill, and suggested continued participation in the approval process.

"The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress to achieve crop insurance and commodity program savings not contained in H.R. 1947, while at the same time strengthening the farm safety net in times of need and supporting the next generation of farmers," the statement said.

Still plenty of work to do

As the President's advisers review the bill as it stands, the House Rules Committee Monday began trimming amendments to the bill. The committee on Tuesday at 1 p.m. central time will continue discussion on the Farm Bill's amendments.

According to House Majority Leader scheduling, the House is expected to begin Farm Bill discussion Tuesday afternoon.

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