Food Stamps Slashed In New Farm Bill, But Less Than GOP Demanded

Food stamps took another hit today as negotiators from both parties in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives agreed on a long-delayed Farm Bill that cuts spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — but not nearly as much as Republicans wanted to slash the food aid to struggling workers and families, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Under the bill agreed upon today, SNAP — which is the actual name of the program informally known as “food stamps” — will be cut by about 1 percent, or about $800 million per year for 10 years. Conservative Republicans had demanded cuts of $4 billion per year over the next decade.

The food stamps program is paid for through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is why spending on food stamps is part of a Farm Bill.

The bill, of course, still requires votes in the Senate and House. While the Democratic-controlled Senate seems likely to pass the bill, it is expected to face resistance in the Republican-dominated House of Representatives where conservatives who would prefer to dismantle the food stamps program altogether will be upset with the relatively small cuts.

As The Washington Post reported, an earlier version of the Farm Bill crashed and burned in the House when those same Republicans demanded deeper damage to the food stamps program. That failed bill contained cuts more than twice as hefty as the newest version of the Farm Bill.

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