Farm Bill reaches president's desk|
Today is the day, President Obama will put his signature on the Farm Bill… after passing in the senate this week. It cuts roughly $8 billion in food stamps over the next decade. A national lawyers committee for civil rights has come out saying its disappointed in the reductions to (SNAP). The farm bill reduces SNAP benefits for about 850,000 households. According to the committee, those cuts disproportionately hurt low-income minority citizens and women—who are twice as likely as men to have received food stamps. Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer said ahead of the Farm Bill vote that she wishes they could have saved more money in the nutrition programs. She says the cuts hurt only those who are abusing the program. The President is expected to sign the 950 billion dollar farm bill within the next few days.