US Senate to discuss funding food stamps program with grants

Sen. Pat Roberts (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas says he will hold hearings on the possibility of funding the federal food stamps program through block grants to the states.

Roberts made the comments Tuesday while touring Washburn Rural High School outside of Topeka.

A federal agriculture official publicly contradicted Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback at a March news conference in Topeka over his support for allowing states to administer their own food stamps program with federal grant money.

Roberts said he is neither for nor against the idea, but said it would create a problematic “hodge-podge” of programs across the country. He said a unified federal system had merits.

Roberts is chairman of the Senate Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry Committee, which he says will take up the issue in the coming weeks.

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