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.