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The legislation approved 15-5 includes concessions to Southern rice and peanut farmers, thanks to a new top Republican on the committee, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. The bill eliminates $5 billion in annual subsidies, called direct payments, that are important to those Southern farmers but makes it easier for them to receive alternate subsidies if prices dip. Read more...
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"SNAP has grown by about $46 billion over the past six years. With an almost $17 trillion debt, I believe that reductions could be made. Congress should focus spending on those who are most in need and make sure that all persons receiving benefits are eligible to receive them," she said.
SNAP will spend about $76 billion on benefits in 2013, up from $30 billion in 2007.
Members of the House agriculture committee want to remove a provision of the current program known as "categorical eligibility," which allows families to receive food stamps if they qualify for other federal assistance programs like Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.