Sep 25, 2013 at 11:04 am
WASHINGTON (KNSI) Minnesota Senator Al Franken is disappointed with last week's U..S. House vote to cut $40 billion from the food stamp program over ten years.
It's part of the ongoing debate over national spending, and the makeup of the next Farm Bill. Nutrional programs such as SNAP--the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--are at the center of that debate.
Franken says, "it's too big a cut." He says a large majority of people who receive food stamps are, "children, seniors and the disabled." He says the SNAP benefits give many, "enough to eat, and maybe get them out of poverty."
The 217-to-210 vote to cut food stamp funding was mainly along party lines, with Republicans in support, saying the program has grown out of control.
Franken says despite their differences, he's still holding out hope that a new Farm Bill can be worked out in conference committee.
He says one if five Minnesota jobs depends on agriculture. He says, "those people don't want a new Farm Bill, they need a new Farm bill. This needs to get done."
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