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Vilsack criticizes SNAP cut

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday that the proposed cut to the supplemental nutrition assistance program better known as SNAP or food stamps was “unfortunate” and that the Obama administration, which has proposed no cuts to nutrition programs, will continue to seek policy solutions that are consistent with President Barack Obama’s budget.

“Unfortunately, the bill produced by the House Agriculture Committee contains deep cuts in SNAP, including a provision that will deny much-needed food assistance to 3 million Americans, mostly low-income working families with children as well as seniors,” Vilsack said in a statement.

“The proposed cuts will deny 280,000 children in low-income families access to school meals and reduce farm income across rural America,” the secretary said. “These cuts wouldn't just leave Americans hungry — they would stunt economic growth.”

Vilsack said that the bill “also makes misguided reductions to critical energy and conservation program efforts.”