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Farm Bill Killed Over Food Stamp Cuts

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Valdosta Today - Representative Austin ScottLet the blame game begin in Washington. A bill that would have cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $20.5 billion, or roughly $2 billion per year, has been axed in the US House.

The ‘farm bill’ would have cut around $4 billion a year in overall spending on farm and nutrition programs, expand crop insurance programs and creates a new kind of crop insurance that kicks in before farmers’ paid policies do.

While Democrats were against the cut in the SNAP program, other Republicans argued that the SNAP cuts were not deep enough, and lobbied against certain farm subsidies in the bill.

In the end, the House bill failed by a vote of 195 to 234. 62 Republicans, including Georgia Reps. Phil Gingrey, Tom Graves, Paul Broun, and Tom Price, voted against the farm bill.

Following the vote, Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA-08) stated:

“I voted today in support of Georgia’s farmers and the one in seven Georgians whose livelihoods are directly linked to the agriculture industry.  The FARRM Act would have made significant reforms to commodity programs, while also cutting $2 billion annually from food stamps and implementing much-needed reforms to the SNAP program.  Unfortunately, the liberal policies put in place by Pelosi and Washington Democrats in 2008 will remain the law of the land and federal spending will continue to increase unless another bill is passed.”

Read more from the Huffington Post here.