Farm Bill Includes $900 Million Bump in Employment and Training Budget
House Republicans recently proposed a $1 billion annual budget for employment and training programs, as part of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, better known as the Farm Bill. The funding would flow through the SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) program, which aims to help those currently on food stamps gain the skills they need to secure meaningful employment and a stronger economic position. Currently, the federal government spends $90 million SNAP E&T grants each year; under the House’s proposed farm bill, this would increase to $250 million in FY 2020 and $1 billion for FY 2021 and future years. The proposed increase is one of several controversial changes to the SNAP program.