Ernst Wants Less Cuts to Agriculture and SNAP Budgets

Senator Joni Ernst says she’s “legitimately undecided” about the health care plan House Republican leaders have crafted as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. And Ernst is raising concerns about some of the budget cuts President Trump proposed last week, including a 21 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ernst talked about “SNAP” benefits on Friday night during a town hall meeting in Des Moines. Ernst says there are a lot of issues “nested together” when it comes to addressing poverty in rural America, including inadequate housing and lack of financing for rural businesses in addition to “food insecurity.” Drastic cuts to the free and reduced-price school lunch program would likely meet resistence from lawmakers, according to Ernst, as lawmakers craft a federal budget.

Ernst held town hall meetings in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines on Friday.

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