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House Farm Bill Cuts Key Food Safety Net Program by $16 billion

Upon returning from its July Fourth Recess, the US House of Representatives will take its shot at writing a “Farm Bill,” the authorizing legislation for the nation’s farm security, conservation, and nutritional safety net programs.  Unlike the Senate-passed version of the bill, which reduced funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—also known as food stamps—by a minimal $4.6 billion, the House version of the bill circulated by Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) Thursday in advance of committee mark-up next week takes a much bigger knife to this critical program that keeps nearly 1 out of every 5 North Carolinian families from hunger [1].  Specifically, the House draft cuts SNAP by $16.5 billion over the next ten years, a deep cut that a just-released report [2] from the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities finds will eliminate food assistance to 2 to 3 million low-income people, mostly low-income working families with children and seniors.

In the midst of high unemployment and falling wages, [3] now is not the time to cut this critical program that helps keep hunger at bay for so many North Carolina families.