House proposes $40 billion in nutrition program cuts

House proposes $40 billion in cuts to nutrition programs. 2012 House farm bill would have cut $20 billion. Democrats call foul, Senate pushes for conferees to be named. September 30 expiration date for current extension of 2008 farm bill. Congress leaving for August recess. House in session only nine days in September.

On Thursday (August 1), House leadership landed a serious body blow to a new farm bill with an agreement to cut $40 billion in nutrition program spending. That is double the amount proposed in the farm bill passed out of the House Agriculture Committee in 2012.

The news comes after the House passed a  farm bill (sans nutrition title) on a party-line vote earlier in July and then spent the rest of the month trying to cobble together nutrition legislation acceptable to enough

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