While the SNAP program is getting most of the attention as to why the U.S. House failed to pass the Farm Bill on Thursday, Dr. Carl Zulauf, Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at Ohio State University says it’s important to understand there were other factors at play as well.
“One of the things I don’t think we have a good feel for right now, is what are all the various factors that came into play that led 234 people in the House to vote against this bill,” said Zulauf. “And I doubt it is simply something that is only the food stamp program or the SNAP program, my guess is there are other concerns, other areas that came together that helped push this vote.”
The farm policy expert says for now, he would suggest sitting back and watch what takes place over the next couple of weeks to see how things shake out.
“I think a more wait and see type of an approach is very important to understand exactly what was going on, on the House floor Thursday,” Zulauf said.