Nov 18, 2013 at 9:16 am
WASHINGTON (KNSI) South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem is part of the House-Senate conference committee in Washington looking for a deal on a new Farm Bill.
One of the sticking points is the SNAP program--more commonly known as food stamps. The House is proposing to cut food stamp funding by 40-billion dollars over a decade, while the Senate cuts are much smaller, at just four-billion.
Noem says she does not want to shoot for a dollar amount, "because that's not the way to approach policy. If we can bring some integrity into the program, make sure that it's still fulfilling the mission for which it was created, that's wonderful, and something we need to do in these tough fiscfal times."
Noem does say there should be tighter restrictions on those who qualify for food stamps. She says, "there are so many loopholes in the program that people are qualifying for food stamps that don't even meet the eligibility requirements. I don't think we should give states bonuses anymore for signing more people up for food stamps."
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a new Farm Bill should force states to be more accountable in their use of SNAP funds, to help those on the program get training and find jobs.
Audio is courtesty of WNAX Radio, Yankton, S.D.
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