Congress leaves unanswered questions about food stamps

{p class="credit"}Michael Clapp / OPB

{p class="caption"}Farm near Sublimity, Oregon

Without Congress enacting a farm bill federal law reverts back to a bill from the first half of the 20th century.

Experts say the old bill includes out-of-date price supports that either pay too much, or nothing at all, for farm products.

It does not include food stamps.

The federal Food Nutrition Services agency has told Oregon officials “there will likely be no interruption” in the program.

But Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader says without a new farm bill, the program's legal foundation is in question. The Democrat says he's not sure whether to tell constituents they'll get food stamps after Sept. 30.

“And I would say honestly 'I don't know if you're going to,'" he says. "It's a very, very scary situation out there.”

Schrader blames House Republicans for stopping the farm bill he supported in committee. GOP leader John Boehner says the House will tackle the farm bill after the election.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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