U-S Illinois Representative Tim Johnson wants fellow lawmakers to vote on a new farm bill very soon. The new bill would cut about 16-billion dollars from the food stamp program that currently serves 46-million people. Some House Republicans want deeper cuts. But Johnson, a Republican from Urbana, says House members should act before the current farm bill expires September 30th.
A U-S Department of Agriculture spokesman says some programs covered by the bill, like food stamps, wouldn’t be immediately affected after the deadline. The farm bill also provides crop insurance and other support for farmers. Negotiations on the farm bill stalled out earlier this summer and now some observers think lawmakers are unlikely to do anything before the election because some of the remaining issues could be used in the campaign.
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