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by Mary Clare Jalonick
The Senate yesterday rejected a Republican bid to turn the federal food-stamp program over to the states.
Known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the food-stamp program is administered by the Agriculture Department, and federal money is unlimited as long as recipients qualify. The program cost $78 BILLION last year, MORE THAN DOUBLE THE PRICE in 2008.
A proposal by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., to a wide-ranging farm bill would have converted the program into grants to states, which could decide how to use the money, with certain restrictions. The Senate rejected the amendment 60-36.
The total amount of the grants would have been capped at between $46 BILLION and $54 BILLION a year over 10 years.
Last year, more than 47 MILLION people used SNAP.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., who leads the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, said Inhofe’s plan would mean “devastating results for millions of families.”
The Senate adopted an amendment that would prevent convicted murderers, rapists and pedophiles from receiving food stamps for life.