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Editorial: Republicans Push For New Food Stamp Laws + 10 Other GOP Farm Bill Changes

Editorial: Republicans Push For New Food Stamp Laws + 10 Other GOP Farm Bill Changes

Reduce Spending To 2008 Levels:
Discontent with the proposed $20 billion in cuts the current version of the bill, South Carolina’s Mick Mulvaney wants double those cuts, with an amendment would simply reduce food stamp spending to 2008 levels. The cost of the food stamp program has risen from about $35 billion to about $80 billion since 2007, thanks largely to the economic downturn which increased the number of people eligible for the program.

End Food Stamps Entirely:
Texas Republican Louis Gohmert isn’t content just to cut or restrict the food stamp program. His amendment simply eliminates Title IV entirely, ending the food stamp program for good.

None of these amendments have much chance of becoming law anytime soon, as the White House has threatened to veto the bill for making too many cuts to food stamps and not enough to farm subsidies.

“The bill would reduce access to food assistance for struggling families and their children, does not contain sufficient commodity and crop insurance reforms, and does not provide funding for renewable energy, which is an important source of jobs and economic growth in rural communities across the country,” the White House said in a statement.