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Congress Will Pass Food Stamp Funding Measure, Republican Says

July 14, 2013

Congress Will Pass Food Stamp Funding Measure, Republican Says

The farm policy legislation that passed the House last week didn’t include language to renew food-aid programs for the poor. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The U.S. Congress will “absolutely” fund the federal food stamp program even after passing a farm-policy bill this month without including money for food aid for the poor, a Republican lawmaker said today.

“I have never talked to one person that says ‘‘We don’t want to take care of the most vulnerable,’” Representative Mike Kelly, a Pennsylvania Republican, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program. “But I have talked to people that said the system’s broken. And when they look at what’s going on, we’re wasting billions of dollars on a program that doesn’t seem to be lifting people out of poverty.”

The farm policy legislation that passed the House last week didn’t include language to renew food-aid programs for the poor. No Democrats supported the measure, which benefits crop buyers such as Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM:US) and insurers including Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC:US)

More than 530 groups with a stake in farm policy had urged House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, in a July letter not to split food stamps from crop subsidies. Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration has threatened to veto the plan were Congress to pass the scaled-back version.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kathleen Miller in Washington at kmiller01@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net


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