Farm bill defeated because of fight over food stamps

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WICHITA, Kansas – On Thursday, the farm bill was defeated by 39 votes.

Both sides were against cuts in the program.

Many Republicans say the $2 billion dollar cut wasn’t enough while opponents say it would hurt millions of Americans.

“A lot of folks in D.C. say there’s no chance of having an extension on top of the extension we already have. So come September 30th, we could have a real train wreck,” said John Jenkinson, KSN Ag analyst.

Jenkinson explains the food stamp program could just come to a halt.

Also subsidies to farmers could stop because the farm bill, without a new deal, reverts back to a permanent farm bill that is decades old.

And that would create a real problems, but the fight remains.

Some lawmakers want to cut food stamps.

“And the big fight in D.C. comes from lawmakers who don’t want to see any cuts to the SNAP program, to the food stamp program.”

Food stamps make up about 80-percent of the farm bill, and some on Capital Hill say the cuts need to come from farm country.

So what is next?

“That’s anybody’s guess. And there’s still a lot of conjecture in D.C. The Senate passed their version, the House passed their version.”

It’s unclear if house leaders would try to revive the bill, but the agriculture committee chairman says they’re assessing its options.

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