Congress will return to business next week and one of the major agenda items will be the farm bill, set to expire Sept. 30.
About 80% of the bill – about $400 million — covers food stamps and other food and nutrition programs for the poor and elderly.
The House is looking at cutting $16 billion from the program; the Senate about $4 billion. Either version would eliminate benefits for millions of people.
Food-stamp use reached a record 46.7 million in June and has more than doubled in four years.
Some say cutting funding for food stamps is immoral and short-sighted; others say it’s necessary to help balance the budget and reduce waste and fraud.
What’s your view, not only of the proposed cuts but the food-stamp program itself.