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Approved farm bill cuts food stamps, Portman says changes are needed
House Agriculture Committee passes $940 billion farm bill on 36-10 vote
Story by GRACE MURRAY


 
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The House Agriculture Committee has passed a new farm bill, which would cut the $80 million-a-year food stamp program. Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says the current food stamp program needs to be changed; however, he says that does not necessarily mean cuts.

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“Should there be a safety net? Absolutely," Portman said. "And do I support the food stamp program? Of course. But we do need to see reforms, and that’s the major spending in the farm bill is now the food assistance program, including food stamps. So this is an opportunity to put those reforms in place.”

 

Portman says an explosion of costs in the food assistance program is a result of 15 million people registering for the program in the last four years. Portman says eligibility requirements, waste and cooperation with other programs could lead to more job growth.

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