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There’s Optimism about a New Farm Bill
There’s Optimism about a New Farm Bill

A congressional conference committee may be able to reach a compromise on the farm bill.

The divide between the House and Senate on the bill is centered on reductions in funding to the food stamp program, now officially named the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which for decades has been included in the farm bill. The Senate version called for $4 billion in cuts over the next decade. Now, the committee is discussing $10 billion in cuts, which is still below what Republicans in the House had proposed.

“They want to cut $40.5 billion out of the food stamp program, and also they want to keep it separate, the nutrition program from the other side of the farm bill,” said U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Matteson).

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) won’t rule out the possibility of re-integrating the food stamp program into the farm bill if it will help the two sides reach an agreement.

“Let me see what the conference committee comes up with in its totality and I’ll reserve judgment,” Roskam said.

Members of the conference committee have said they’re hopeful that they can reach an agreement by Thanksgiving