Farm Bill Compromise Will Cut Food Stamps by One Percent

That's about $800 million


A House plan to make major cuts to food stamps would be scaled back under a bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill, a near end to a more than two-year fight that has threatened to hurt rural lawmakers in an election year.

The measure announced by the House and Senate Agriculture committees preserves food stamp benefits for most Americans who receive them and continues generous subsidies for farmers. The House could vote on the bill as soon as Wednesday.

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  1. “In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps – a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.
    Some of the change is due to demographics, such as the trend toward having fewer children.”

    Yeah and the real reason is the change in requirements; if you make food stamps available to everyone, don’t be surprised when everyone takes them.

  2. Kill the Farm Bill entirely. Probably the biggest distorter of markets in the US.

    My favorite is to subsidize corn so that low cost corn syrup can expand the soda market, only for other parts of the government want to ban, tax soda consumption in fear of childhood obesity. Same sodas can be purchased with food stamps, which in some rural communities are used for barter on items that can’t be purchased with food stamps.

    Bravo Feds!

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