Kennedy, Cornyn

Motion to Proceed to the farm bill (H.R. 2)

Senator Kennedy: (12:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the National Flood Insurance Program.
    • "As you know, Mr. President, in the absence of reauthorizing legislation, this program will expire in the height of hurricane season and its expiration would leave more than five million American families and businesses without insurance and therefore in limbo. For the good of our national economy, we simply cannot allow that to happen. That's why, Mr. President, I am requesting a vote to extend the program through hurricane season as either an amendment to our farm bill or after recess as a stand-alone bill."


Senator Cornyn: (12:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the farm bill.
    • "I want to highlight three areas where I do think the bill could stand some improvement. First, concerning the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. There is a lot of good done in the bill for farm and agricultural programs. What many people don't know is that about 80% of the money spent in the farm bill is directed at so-called nutrition programs, so calling this the farm bill is a little bit of a misnomer. Since it only affects about 20%, the bill only affects - deals with the farm country with about 20% of its resources. So we need to consider targeted ways of ensuring that tax dollars used to pay for these nutrition programs are used wisely, and that's why we will support an amendment that expands work requirements for those who receive snap benefits."