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Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge Requests Immediate Extension of USDA's Comment Period on SNAP Rule


Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge Requests Immediate Extension of

 USDA’s Comment Period on SNAP Rule


WASHINGTON Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations, sent a letter today urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to extend the comment period on USDA’s proposal to further restrict the eligibility of able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) to receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

Rep. Fudge requested an extension of the comment period from 60 to 120 days.  In the letter, she argued the extra time is needed given that a similar provision to the proposed rule was debated at length as part of negotiations on the 2018 Farm Bill and overwhelmingly rejected by the bipartisan, bicameral Conference Committee.

“This language was vetted in detail for five full months by Members of the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee before being struck from the final bill,” wrote Rep. Fudge.  “As you know, the House and Senate ultimately passed a Farm Bill conference report by historic margins, and the President signed the bill without delay.”

In the letter, Rep. Fudge reminded Secretary Perdue of his promise that USDA would do its “best to implement that bill” as Congress intended. 

“This proposed rule does just the opposite,” wrote Rep. Fudge.

To read the full letter please click here.