Kansas Farmers and families should be thankful they have Pat Roberts in the Senate fighting for them.
A lifetime Kansan and current chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Roberts has an understanding of food and agriculture few others can match. Roberts’ expertise is always crucial when crafting an updated Farm Bill, which affects everything from crop insurance to food stamps. He’s been involved in writing seven bipartisan farm bills, but the 2018 farm bill may be his most important.
That is due to deep disparities in the House and Senate versions regarding funding for food stamps, or SNAP. House Republicans want to cut funding and reduce the number of recipients. The Senate Bill, which passed on a strong bipartisan vote of 86-11 makes changes to the program but leaves funding for benefits intact.
Roberts has addressed concerns about waste in the SNAP program in an Agriculture committee hearing last month, saying, “we are not talking about rampant program abuse.” As the House and Senate still need to reconcile the differences in their bills, Pat Roberts will surely continue to fight to protect SNAP, which he has described as “vital to those among us in need.”