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September 12, 2013

Grassley picks the Hawkeyes

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Knoxville —

The issue regarding this bill is finding common ground regarding the amount dedicated to the Supplemental Nutrition Aid Program (SNAP), the food stamp program. The bulk of the bill commonly referred to as the "Farm Bill" (80 percent) is spent on SNAP. 

Republicans have proposed spending decreases between $20-40 billion on SNAP. Democrats have aimed for $2-4 billion. The current US federal spending deficit, spending above and beyond income, is $768 billion. 

When asked if it was possible to separate SNAP from the government's farm programs, Grassley does not believe this is possible. He once voted to separate them, but added this was symbolic, as a way to express his druthers about the difference between the two. 

He is supportive of the Farm, Food and Jobs Bill because he believes everyone in the country benefits from it. 

The audio from this interview will be posted on Grassley's website, http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/audio.cfm.

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