Proposed Federal Farm Bill Seeks To Reduce Numbers On Food Stamp Program

The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture has released a rough draft of its new proposed federal farm bill, and it contains several provisions that would slash costs by billions of dollars, and reduce the number of people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

House Republicans want to spend billions less on this farm bill than was spent on the previous farm bill that started in 2014, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Any major cuts to the farm bill would likely have to come through the SNAP program. It cost about $70 billion last year or about 80% of the annual outlay, according to the CBO. It offers food assistance to about 44 million Americans. Arkansas has more than 600,000 people on the SNAP rolls, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.    MORE

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