Thirty-nine senators sent a letter to the farm bill conferees, urging them not to agree to any provisions that would cut eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamp program.

The senators said, “While we support efforts to improve the integrity of the SNAP program, we encourage conferees to reject all SNAP eligibility changes designed to erect new barriers to participation, preventing millions of seniors, children and families from accessing food assistance.” Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) organized the letter.