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House Makes Deep Cuts To SNAP In Their Farm Bill

The House voted to pass their farm bill Thursday, but there's still work ahead to reconcile both the Senate and the House bills before the Sept. 30 deadline.


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The House version of the farm bill cuts $16.5 billion from SNAP.

Bye Bye Food Stamps

The House voted to approve their version of the 2012 Farm Bill Thursday with even deeper cuts to the food stamp program.

The Senate’s bill proposed cutting $4.5 billion coming from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps.

The House’s version cuts nearly four times that much from SNAP — $16.5 billion.

Money Sent To The Farm

Other differences between the Senate and House versions include how funds from the elimination of direct payments to farmers will be worked into several new subsidy programs.

The House has proposed price support programs to aid peanut, cotton and rice producers — something southern farmers say the Senate’s version didn’t provide enough of.

The next hurdle is to reconcile both bills before September 30 when the 2008 farm bill expires.

Read More:

  • House Agriculture Committee Agrees On Farm Bill (New York Times)
  • House panel opposes Senate crop insurance reforms (Reuters)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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