Republicans want food stamp cuts in farm bill
WASHINGTON – The 1,000-page “farm bill” being debated in the Senate is somewhat of a misnomer. Four of every five dollars in it – about $80 billion a year – goes for grocery bills for one of every seven Americans through food stamps.
Republicans say Congress could cut the cost $2 billion a year by just closing a pair of loopholes that some states use to award benefits to people who otherwise might not qualify.
“This is more than just a financial issue. It is a moral issue,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., one of several Republicans pushing for cuts in spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP.
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