WTVG: Farm bill causing political turmoil over potential food stamp cuts

September 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The congressional battle over the farm bill continues to rage on Capitol Hill, more than a year after its deadline was initially extended.

Now, the farm bill is set to expire again on September 30th, and it could have a big impact on local farmers and those who receive food stamps.

Some democratic leaders are calling the back and forth over the farm bill a “monumental waste of time.”

In June, the Senate passed a new farm bill with bipartisan support. The House passed its own version a month later, but with one big difference – food stamps were taken out of the legislation.

And just last week, the Republican-led House voted for even deeper cuts, about $40 billion over the next 10 years – leaving Democrats infuriated.

“When prices are particularly low for farmers or weather is particularly bad, there is a safety net for family farmers,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who sits on the Senate Agriculture Committee and is part of the negotiations. “And we need to make sure school lunches and breakfasts and [Women, Infants, and Children] and food stamps are available to children and seniors that are eligible for them.”

Now, two questions remain – will lawmakers come up with a compromise? And, will it happen before September 30th?

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