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Klobuchar Defends Food Stamp Cuts

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MANKATO, Minn. -

Also included in the Farm Bill was an 8 billion dollar cut to food stamps over the five-year duration of the law.
 
But Senator Amy Klobuchar, who was on the conference committee for the bill, says those cuts won't be affecting Minnesota families. 
 
Many prominent Democrats are decrying the move, saying it will make hunger worse.
But our representatives say those cuts will not affect recipients in this state.

That's because the cut is dedicated to a loophole that allows sixteen states to use food stamp money for heating benefits.

Those states won't be able to do that any more, leaving the total funding issue more than just a cut.
 
Sen. Amy Klobuchar says, "It's more complicated than that. That's why you see Democrats in the state of Illinois supporting this food stamp cut because we know we had to compromise with the House. They had $40 billion in cuts across the board. It would have hit right at home in Mankato and Minnesota. What we did in the Senate was say let's look at some reform to this program so it's fair across the board. We found this loophole, we fixed it. New York state wasn't very happy, I will admit that. But it worked well for the majority of the people in this country in the majority of states."

That, coupled with the far smaller cuts originally asked for by the GOP-controlled House, has made this bipartisan, both in the support of it, and the opposition against it.