AG POLICY NEWS
Food Stamp Cuts on the Table
Wed Dec 18, 2013 07:36 AM CST

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones) -- Lawmakers who are crafting a new five-year farm bill are discussing a reduction in food-stamp funding of roughly $8 billion over 10 years, according to sources familiar with the conversations.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) told reporters Tuesday that the top four negotiators are "very close" to coalescing around a framework for the first new farm bill since 2008 and have "pretty much" agreed on spending levels for the nutrition programs, the most politically contentious component of the legislation.

"We have not wrapped up anything until we wrap up everything, but we're close," ...

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