Food stamp fight could slow Farm Bill progress

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Although the House Agriculture Committee will consider their version of the farm bill this week, an article in BusinessWeek says funding over food stamps could slow or even halt the farm bill’s advancement.

The bill could be approved by committee, but some analysts say House leaders would prefer to delay full consideration until after the November election.

American Farm Bureau Federation Farm Policy Specialist Mary Kay Thatcher said the House must pass a bill this month to leave time for resolving differences with the Senate version before the end of September, when the current farm bill expires. She said $16.1 billion in proposed cuts to food stamps may not be sufficient to motivate Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, to bring the bill to the floor for what is expected to be a contentious debate.



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