Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., has co-sponsored a bipartisan bill to amend the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 to restore funding for the supplemental nutrition assistance program which helps low income families put food on the table.
The amendment, introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., would restore $4.5 billion in SNAP benefits slated to be cut by the bill, covering the costs by reducing federally guaranteed profits for crop insurance companies.
“There are many families throughout the commonwealth and the nation who depend on food stamps to get by in today’s tough economy and it is important that this service is available for them,” Brown said in a statement. “I strongly support this amendment to keep the food stamp program intact for low income families. We include an offset for the cost, which means we are doing right by families in need and taxpayers at the same time.”
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This story first ran in the Springfield Republican on June 11, 2012.