Lawmakers reach tentative deal on 2018 farm bill

Lawmakers have reached a tentative deal on the 2018 farm bill, Bloomberg reports.

While a final version of the bill won’t be released to the public until next week, it will not include restrictions on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits proposed by House Republicans earlier this year. The restrictions would have cut more than $20 billion in SNAP benefits over the next 10 years and increased the work requirements needed to enroll in the program.  

Critics of the proposal had said that it could have caused almost 265,000 children to lose access to free school meals. 

House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway says that the bill will include more provisions to identify food stamp fraud.

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