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    House panel OKs farm bill with food stamp cuts

    9:56 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Agriculture Committee has approved a sweeping farm bill that would trim the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program.

    The panel approved the bill 46-10 late Wednesday after rebuffing Democratic efforts to keep the food stamp program whole.

    The legislation would cut about $2.5 billion a year - or a little more than 3 percent - from the domestic food aid program, which is used by 1 in 7 Americans.

    The cuts are part of massive legislation that costs almost $100 billion annually over five years and would set policy for farm subsidies, rural programs and the food aid. The Senate Agriculture Committee approved its version of the bill Tuesday.

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