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    House and Senate face deep divide over food stamps

    4:58 AM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
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    WASHINGTON (AP) - Farm-state lawmakers hoping for passage of a farm bill by the end of the year will have to first bridge a deep divide between the House and the Senate over the role of the government in helping the nation's poor.

    The House passed a bill Thursday that would make around $4 billion in cuts annually to the almost $80 billion-a-year food stamp program and allow states to put broad new work requirements in place for recipients. A Senate-passed farm bill would make around a tenth of the amount those cuts, or $400 million a year.

    The White House threatened a veto, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called the bill "hateful, punitive legislation."

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