The extra funding from the 2009 stimulus package given to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ended on November 1.  This will result in a cut of $5 billion in 2014 and approximately $11 billion in cuts from fiscal years 2014 to 2016.  These cuts take place as the farm bill conference committee is trying to reach an agreement on what the level of additional cuts should be made to SNAP.  This will be a very contentious issue in the conference.  Earlier a group of 39 Senators urged the farm bill conferees to not agree to any provisions that would cut eligibility for SNAP (food stamps).  

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