Posted: Jul 11, 2012 7:28 AM by Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Agriculture Committee is running into an ideological gulf over the federal food stamp program as it begins voting on a half-trillion-dollar farm policy and food assistance bill.
The panel is caught between Republicans clamoring for cuts to a program that has doubled in costs over the past four years and Democrats who contend any cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program will result in people going hungry.
The panel is expected to work into late Wednesday and possibly Thursday, to consider dozens of amendments likely to focus on subjects such as crop insurance subsidies and government aid to sugar and milk producers.
The Senate passed its version of the five-year farm bill on a bipartisan vote last month. The current farm bill expires on September 30.
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