House Ag defeats food stamp amendments

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The committee also rejected by voice vote an amendment by Blue Dog Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) to restore some of the cuts by adopting the Senate approach to granting food stamps to heating assistance recipients. The House bill requires individuals to get $20 in heating aid, while the Senate bill requires $10.

And it rejected a second McGovern amendment tying food stamp cuts to cutting waste in the crop insurance program. 

The cuts in the House farm bill are $16 billion more than included in the Senate Agriculture Committee bill’s $4 billion in cuts. The strong opposition by committee Democrats is a sign that the GOP will not be able to count on a large number of minority votes to pass the farm bill on the floor. 

Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) joined with Democrats to oppose conservative attempts to deepen the food stamp cuts, including amendments by Reps. Randy NeugebauerRandy NeugebauerGOP eager for Trump shake-up at consumer bureau Lobbying World The deep state is recklessly supporting bad energy policies MORE (R-Texas) and Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyBrooks’s prior attacks on Trump could hurt in Alabama Senate race How the GOP came to dominate, and be dominated by, rural voters House GOP not sold on Ryan’s tax reform plan MORE (R-Ala.).