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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Update On Farm Bill

House Republicans may set aside their version of the farm bill to avoid looking bad. The bill passed the Agriculture committee on Thursday, but Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he hasn't decided whether he would schedule it for a floor vote. The bill includes a $16 billion cut to SNAP benefits or the food stamp program as it is more commonly known. But, according to Reuters, now Republicans privately fear they may look heartless if they pass the bill and right before an election. The Senate version of the farm bill also includes a cut to SNAP benefits, although it is a fourth of the size of the House version. House Democrats have called the cuts during hard economic times "immoral."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Cut and put conditions on the SNAP program. Like what food stamps can be used for:FOOD! Not tattoos, etc. And, drug testing and work program that NObama eliminated from Clinton's. The goal should be to eliminate waste & abuse, and to encourage (some need to be forced) people off the government teet and to provide for themselves. This is more humane and fair.