Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Senate Plan to Cut Food Stamps Dies

Senate Plan to Cut Food Stamps Dies:
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"Senate Republicans have dropped plans to cut the popular food stamp program, as the chamber's leaders scrambled to assemble a $35 billion spending cut measure to implement the budget plan it adopted in April.

After protests from Agriculture Committee members Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and James M. Talent (R-Mo.), panel Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) dropped more than $500 million in food stamp cuts from a farm and food subsidy measure coming to a committee vote today. The cuts could have meant a loss of benefits for 300,000 working families benefiting from more generous eligibility rules in some states...."

This was the subject of a recent urgent appeal by Bread for the World for letters and phone calls to prevent the loss of benefits for the most vulnerable members of our society.

Bread for the World is "a nationwide Christian citizens movement seeking justice for the world's hungry people by lobbying our nation's decision makers." They forge bipartisan consensus in order to urge our lawmakers to ensure that no one need go hungry.

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