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Nutrition program hurdles highlighted in hearing

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Tensions are high as House Agriculture Committee members work on the nutrition title of the next farm bill.

During a hearing with Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday, Ranking Member David Scott said he’s very concerned about the direction of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, opposing an “extreme” bill sponsored by Dusty Johnson from South Dakota.

“His bill would kick 1.5 million seniors and families with school-aged children off of SNAP.”

Johnson told the committee the bill is not meant to deny help to the people who need it, but to set stricter work requirements and close existing loopholes in the program.

Nutrition program hurdles highlighted in hearing