Food Stamp Fight Gearing Up

A fight over food stamps funding looks to be brewing in Washington as Representatives and Senators prepare to unveil their latest plans for the 2013 Farm Bill.
Last summer, Congress came tantalizingly close to passing a new farm bill. While the Senate passed a bill and the House Agriculture Committee wrote a draft of the bill, the GOP leadership let the bill die in committee.
Even if the House had passed the 2012 Farm Bill, it would likely have not been reconciled with the Senate before the end of the last congressional session. While the House bill made most of its savings through cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (better known as food stamps), the Senate chose to find savings by reducing farm subsidies, preferring to trim as little as possible from the food stamp program.
While both houses plan to reveal their programs in May, it is widely rumored that the House will cut SNAP funding beyond what they did last year. Majority Leader Eric Cantor is said to be pressuring House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas to increase food stamp cuts.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer