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Posted on June 27, 2013

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FOOD STAMPS KILL FARM BILL

Here in Missouri, buying an adequate lunch for $5 is hard enough to do. So having a mere $4.56 a day to spend on all of your meals, snacks included, sounds impossible.

For more than $160,000 Missourian citizens who use food stamps, that is what they’re given, $4.56.

Cutting funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), that may happen if the farm bill ever passes Congress, will decrease the amount paid recipients even further and risk one’s access to food stamps.

The U.S. Senate passed a farm bill that reduced food stamp spending by $24 billion over 10 years. The House Democrats said they would vote for this bill, but House Republicans amended the bill to reduce food stamp spending by $48 billion over 10 years. The Democrats called the Republican amendment was immoral. The Republicans said the Democrats reneged on passing the bill.

Too much of the House’s focus right now is on where cuts can be made, and some Republicans see the farm bill as the perfect place.

However, food stamps are not the place to make major cuts.

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