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Indiana’s Senators Split On Food Stamps In Farm Bill

While Sen. Dan Coats supports the legislation that came out of the House of Representatives, Sen. Joe Donnelly does not think it will pass the Senate.

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Funding for food stamps was not included in the most recent Farm Bill passed by the House of Representatives

While the House of Representatives passed the farm bill Thursday without including food stamp funding, Indiana’s Senators are split on whether food stamps should remain out of the bill.

Senator Dan Coats – who voted for the farm bill when it passed the Senate last month – says he approves of the decision by House Republicans to leave food stamps separate.

“I think it’s created problems to the point where we ought to identify both of these as essential programs that have to be addressed,” Coats says. ” I don’t believe they need to be tied together.”

Senator Joe Donnelly says food stamps have long been a part of the farm bill as a way to gather support from both rural and urban representatives. He says he doesn’t see a way to get the farm bill passed without food stamps.

“In the House’s version, we have no plan to be able to provide a single lunch to a needy child and I don’t see how that passes,” Donnelly says.

He says his biggest concern is the fact that House Republicans don’t seem to have any plan for food stamp funding, even in separate legislation.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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