With the shutdown battle finished, members of Congress from Illinois are turning their attention to the farm bill.
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) hopes that House Republicans will now be willing to roll back proposed cuts to funding for food stamps. “Maybe a lesson has been learned that if we call a bill, even if it doesn’t have the majority of the majority, that we can move our country forward,” Schakowsky said.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has said the Senate won’t pass the $40 billion in food stamp cuts over the next 10 years that were approved by the House, and believes funding for the program must be recombined with the agriculture components of the bill.
“All we can hope is that the Republican majority in the House will speak up,” Durbin said.
President Obama named the farm bill has one of his priorities for the rest of the year, along with immigration reform and passing a budget.