Congressional Budget Office Releases New Farm Bill Analysis

May 7, 2018 By

On May 2, 2018, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a detailed analysis of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 – the farm bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee last month. As part of this analysis, CBO estimated that 400,000 households would lose SNAP eligibility as a result of the bill’s limits on Categorical Eligibility. The report states:

“There would be an additional effect on children who are categorically eligible for free meals at school because of their eligibility for SNAP. If their households lost SNAP eligibility because of the revised threshold and their families were not otherwise eligible for free meals, those children would be eligible only for reduced-price or paid meals. …. CBO estimates that in an average year, about 265,000 children would lose access to free school meals under this provision.”

SNA is closely monitoring activity on H.R. 2. At this time, the bill has not been scheduled for a vote on the House floor.