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The Food Stamp Fight

July 12, 2012
The Food Stamp Fight
THE ROGERS’ REPORT: FOOD STAMP FIGHT — Food stamps are fast becoming a flash point for the House farm bill this week – but also an increasingly partisan, even racially tinged debate in Congress over the future of the social safety net in these hard economic times. The politics are explosive enough that Republican farm bill proponents are working now to tamp down any further nutrition cuts demanded by conservatives on the House Agriculture Committee, which will take up the bill on Wednesday. At the same time, Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn stepped into the fray Tuesday, warning that the $16.5 billion in food stamp savings are already an ‘abomination,’ but ‘I stand ready to do whatever I can to assist in this discussion.’ Clyburn’s comments are significant for their force but also because of his special standing in the House. He is an African-American leader able to work with white moderates and has a long record of support for rural and agriculture programs, given his political base in South Carolina.”

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