Church groups cheer food stamp funding

Senate panel votes against cuts
Religious groups are claiming victory in the fight to preserve funding for food stamps after a key Senate panel voted to keep $574 million for the program.

The Senate Agriculture Committee in mid-October rejected proposed cuts that Bread for the World, an ecumenical antihunger group, said would have removed 300,000 people from the program.

The victory may only be partial, however, because a similar $1 billion measure to cut funding is pending before the House. Church groups hope the Senate action will push House leaders to maintain the funding in their proposals.

“With hunger on the rise and the forces of nature exposing poverty anew, we will continue to challenge our political leaders to drop any further plans to cut this vital and proven program,” said David Beckmann, Bread for the World’s president.


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