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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Ag Minute: House Passes Nutrition-Only Bill, Hopefully Leading to Farm Bill Conference

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  • The House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday on a 217 to 210 vote to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program formerly known as food stamps, setting the stage for lawmakers to finally move to a farm bill conference. The bill was strongly opposed by House Democrats and some Republicans who charged it would increase hunger by ending benefits for nearly 4 million people in 2014. The measure also faces a veto threat from the White House. However, its consideration has long been discussed as the prerequisite for the House to move to conference prepared to negotiate a new farm bill. Farm bill programs are currently operating under a one-year extension that expires on Sept. 30. NAWG strongly encourages Members to move forward expeditiously to finalize new, long-term and comprehensive farm and food policy.
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