Latest Food Stamp Program Stories

2005-10-28 14:00:05

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On a party-line vote, a Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives committee voted to cut food stamps by $844 million on Friday, just hours after a new U.S. Agriculture Department report showed more Americans are struggling to put food on the table. About 300,000 Americans would lose benefits due to tighter eligibility rules for food stamps, the major U.S. antihunger program, under the House plan. The cuts would be part of $3.7 billion...

2005-10-25 20:20:45

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House and Senate negotiators working on a $100 billion agriculture spending bill voted on Tuesday to allow states to privatize the food stamp program, which helps 25 million people put food on the table monthly. When they adjourned for the night, negotiators had yet to vote on a House proposal to delay for two years a requirement for foodmakers to put country-of-origin labels on red meat. Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, said she...

2005-10-18 13:17:57

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The federal food stamp program for poor Americans is no longer targeted for cuts under a revised plan to reduce Agriculture Department spending, the head of the Senate Agriculture Committee said on Tuesday after key senators from both parties objected to the proposed cuts. The panel initially targeted the food stamp program for $574 million, or one-fifth, of the spending cuts projected to total $3 billion over five years. But the panel's...

2005-09-22 11:05:26

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed a $100 billion Agriculture Department annual funding bill on Thursday that would prevent states from privatizing the food stamp program by sending some administrative jobs to overseas call centers. Approved 97-2, the bill also would ban "downer" livestock from being used as food -- a precaution against mad cow disease -- and prevent imports of Kobe beef from Japan until Tokyo ended a 19-month-old ban on U.S. beef....

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