A food stamp bill is a political point of contention this week, as the delayed farm bill worth over $500 billion regarding food stamps for the needy and poor in the U.S. is still divided between Senate and House of Representative opinions, the CS Monitor reports this Saturday, Oct. 12. The food stamp program could be cut by up to an immense $50 billion in the next ten years under the new House proposal, while the Senate option would cut food stamp costs by a whole lot less.
The food stamp bill is in its final stages, as the delayed U.S. farm bill and its controversial terms is set to commence. Official drafting, however, is still in a highly debatable legislative dispute between the House of Representatives and the Senate, as partisan divisions over cutting costs involving food stamps for the nation’s poor remains undecided.
According to the recent press release on the still-in-contention food stamp bill, lawmakers in the national House of Representatives came to an agreement this Friday to once again open communicative lines and negotiations with the U.S. Senate over a finalized form of the $500 billion bill (that’s been in contention for over five years now).
One of the food stamp bill’s agricultural initiatives would be to expand the federally subsidized crop insurance here in the U.S. by nearly 10 percent. While this point remains relatively uncontroversial, the primary point of argument in this farm bill between these two groups of lawmakers is the concept of food stamps for the poor.
These food stamps, aimed at providing a means to buy enough food for low-income families in America (particularly children, the elderly, the disabled, or the unemployed), play an important role in the lives of many people who live in our great country. According to most recent statistics, adds the report, a high record of almost 48 million people are receiving food stamp privileges that equal up to roughly $133 per family per month worth of necessary food.
It is the currently Republican-controlled House of Representatives that aims to take a major cut into the delayed U.S. anti-hunger program by a massive $40 billion within the next ten years, which is well over nine times the amount that the same reduction is being suggested by the Senate, which is diametrically Democrat-controlled at this point in time. The stricter eligibility rules enforced by the House would sever over four million people from eligibility for food stamps by next year, 2014.
This food stamp bill is thus something that will affect many Americans here in the U.S. The currently House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, is a major supporter of these budget cuts, and hopes that these reforms will help with the nation’s expenditure in terms of farm-related profits, growth, and U.S. finances.
"We believe by reforming food stamps we will save the program for the truly needy," Virginia Foxx, a North Carolina Republican, summed up this Friday.
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