Farm Bill Cuts Food Stamps

From left, Representatives Tim Murphy, Mark Sanford, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Sean P. Duffy, all Republicans, after the House approved an agriculture bill. By Christopher Gregory/The New York Times

By//Andrea Watson

After some aggressive actions in Congress earlier this week, we’re left wondering at the fate of food stamp programs.  The Supplemental Nutrition Program, aka SNAP, was cut from the Farm bill Thursday when House lawmakers passed the bill. There was a 216-208 vote with about a dozen Republicans voting against the bill and no Democrats voting in favor, USA Today reports.

SNAP was 80 percent of the original bill’s cost, according to the New York Times. This marks the first time food stamps weren’t a part of the bill since 1973.

There’s a possibility House and Senate representatives could find a compromise, but it could be difficult to get Republican House members to get on board.

“If ands and buts were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas. You’ve heard that before. My goal right now is to get the farm bill passed. We’ll get to those other issues later,” was Speaker John A. Boehner’s (R-OH ) response when asked if he would permit a compromise bill in the House, according to the New York Times.