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Comparison of Nutrition Provisions in House- and Senate-Passed Farm Bills

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Agriculture, forestry and fishing (Agriculture and agricultural policy)
Health (Food and nutrition)

Keywords: Economic projections; Food costs; Food insecurity; Income diversity

Type: Report


Both bills would make major, important investments in the nutrition area over the next five years in almost identical areas. There is, however, a critical difference between the House and Senate nutrition titles. The House bill would make these provisions permanent law. Under the Senate bill, all the major benefit improvements would end after 2012, and policies would return to current law. Unless Congress later took action to extend the policies, under the Senate approach more than 10 million recipients would experience benefit cuts and over 300,000 low-income people would be cut off food stamps in 2013. The highest priority for conference is to make the benefit improvements permanent.