Rep. Bacon wants more answers on the future of SNAP past the pandemic
U.S. Congressman Don Bacon says he wants a clearer future on what USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will look like after the pandemic.
The Republican from Nebraska is the ranking member on the Agriculture Subcommittee for Nutrition and Oversight, which has authority over SNAP.
He tells Brownfield there is bipartisan support to find a solution to what he calls the ‘cliff problem.’ “I think we need to look at some kind of – you know like where you taper off the benefits and not pull the plug on them. We’ve got to come up with a program where if you make $3 more, you only lose a dollar versus you lose all.”
Bacon says another focus will be insuring children and families continue to have healthy food. “I’m a big believer in nutrition and nutritious food. I don’t really have the answers there other than I’m looking for innovative options for people to get nutritious foods,” Bacon says.
He says there will be stronger negotiations over other parts of SNAP like unemployment waivers and what to do with the 15-percent pandemic-EBT expansion.
Bacon expects lawmakers to find ‘middle ground’ before the final version heads to President Biden.
Listen to the full interview: