Michigan Farmer's Union labels federal appropriations bill as "unacceptable"
The Michigan Farmer’s Union is calling the latest federal agriculture budget proposal “detrimental to rural communities.”
The bill calls for reductions to the supplemental nutrition assistance program, also known as SNAP, and ends climate change research.
The bill passed out of a House Appropriations subcommittee calls for thirty-two-billion-dollars' worth of cuts to SNAP benefits.
Lawmakers on the committee say the cuts are coming because fewer people have been signing up for the program. They say the cuts merely put an end to the pandemic-era assistance.
Bob Thompson is President of the Michigan Farmer’s Union. He says there’s a misunderstanding of how much this program is used in rural places.
"These benefits are utilized by economically challenged people in the rural and farm communities in almost the same percentage as it is in the inner city."
Republican Congressman John Moolenaar, Michigan’s only member on the House Appropriations Committee, didn't respond to our request for comment.