WASHINGTON – The House Agriculture Committee has approved a sweeping farm bill that would trim the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program.
The panel approved the bill 46-10 late Wednesday after rebuffing Democratic efforts to keep the food stamp program whole.
The legislation would cut about $2.5 billion a year — or a little more than 3 per cent — from the domestic food aid program, which is used by 1 in 7 Americans.
The cuts are part of massive legislation that costs almost $100 billion annually over five years and would set policy for farm subsidies, rural programs and the food aid. The Senate Agriculture Committee approved its version of the bill Tuesday.