The House Republican nutrition working group is proposing cuts of $40 billion for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  This is double the original cuts proposed in the House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill. 

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The working group was formed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) after the House passed its “farm only” farm bill to reach an agreement on SNAP within the House Republican Caucus.  Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, said, “There they go again.  Apparently, the Republican leadership plans to bring up yet another political messaging bill to nowhere in an effort to try and placate the extreme right wing of their party.  Clearly, they have no interest in compromise or actual legislating.  Adding an additional $20 billion in nutrition cuts, on top of the poison pill nutrition amendments that brought down the Agriculture Committee’s bipartisan farm billion in June, effectively kills any hopes of passing a five-year farm bill this year.”