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July 16, 2013

Farm bill doesn’t end food stamps

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Washington —

Senate Democrats have said repeatedly that they will reject major changes or higher cuts to the program.

All of that disagreement strongly strengthens the possibility that current food and farm law will simply be extended when it expires in September — keeping food stamps at the same levels they are now.

The greater concern for food stamp advocates is the long-term damage that splitting the farm bill in two, and making food stamps a partisan issue, could have. If SNAP is not protected in the farm bill, or if future farm bills don't pass, Republicans could eventually find other ways to cut SNAP — including in the annual appropriations bills that actually fund the food stamps.

“There's a long history of bipartisanship on this,” Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., said on the floor, referring to food stamps in the farm bill. “All of a sudden this has become a partisan issue, and the target, so that you can try to balance the budget, has been placed right on the programs like SNAP.” £

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