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House panel set to OK cut in food stamps

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MARY CLARE JALONICK | May 15, 2013 03:34 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON — The House Agriculture Committee is set to consider small cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program in an effort to appease conservatives who say the food aid has become too expensive.

The cuts are part of a massive five-year farm bill that costs almost $100 billion annually and would set policy for farm subsidies, rural programs and the food aid. The House panel will consider the bill Wednesday, one day after the Senate Agriculture Committee approved its version.

The House bill would cut about $2.5 billion a year to the food stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The Senate approved much smaller cuts to the program, amounting to about $400 million a year.