Ken Buck Votes for Food Stamp Reform and Colorado Agriculture
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kyle Huwa, 202-225-4676
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ken Buck voted for reforms to the food stamp program and for continued support of Colorado farmers.
“This legislation ensures a secure national food supply and takes serious steps to reform the food stamp program,” stated Congressman Ken Buck. “Congress is requiring qualified individuals to look for work and contribute to society like everyone else.”
The Agriculture and Nutrition Act (H.R. 2) would implement a 20-hour per week work requirement for all able-bodied adults who wish to continue receiving food stamps, unless they’re in a work training program. Seniors, the disabled, and those with children under six years of age or caring for someone with disabilities would be exempted from the requirements. The bill also improves employment training programs, ensuring that individuals have the opportunity to improve their work prospects. These reforms eliminate fraud and abuse of the food stamp program, instead equipping individuals to find decent jobs and gain their financial footing.
H.R. 2 also includes several important provisions that support the farming and ranching community in Colorado. Agriculture is a key industry in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District. In 2012, 25,965 constituents operated 15,949 farms totaling over 20 million acres (USDA).