Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Food stamps are roughly 80% of the Farm Bill, and that's about to change

House GOP leaders look to drop food stamps from farm bill - sean Lengell/Washington Examiner

House Republican leaders are whipping interest among their members on whether to split the food stamp program from a multi-year farm bill and bring an agriculture subsidies-only measure to the floor — a plan that would run against angry Democrats and even some reluctant Republicans.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has been quietly pressing for separate food stamp and farmer aid bills since the GOP-led chamber last month stunningly voted down a five-year, comprehensive farm bill after more than 60 Republicans rejected the GOP-written measure.