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Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Tue May 21, 2013 08:22 PM CDT

Democrats in the U.S. Senate sent a message to House Republicans Tuesday that the upper chamber won't accept significantly higher cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., proposed an amendment an amend to farm bill that would have increased projected cuts in the nation's largest nutrition program from $4.1 billion over 10 years to nearly $31 billion. The amendment wrapped in two major proposals in eliminating ties between a low-income heating program, LiHEAP, and eligibility for SNAP. It also would have eliminated the link between SNAP eligibility and acceptance in other, state-based welfare programs.

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