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December 5, 2013

Hill could use some down-home discipline


So, what’s holding up a solution in the hallowed and — more recently — harrowing halls of Congress?

Politics, of course. Included in the bill must be funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.

The Republican-majority House of Representatives has passed a bill that would cut $4 billion from the SNAP program on the heels of a recent reduction because of the expiration of the 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary rise in funding.

The Democratic Party-controlled Senate and President Barack Obama want to cut about a 10th as much as the House does.

Meanwhile, dairy farmers in our area and around the country are stuck in a familiar place.

Stuck in the middle with not a lot of say in what their future will be.




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