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GOP food-stamp plan punishes truly needy

6:52 PM, Sep. 19, 2013
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Democrats look at the food stamps program and see an essential piece of a fraying safety net. Republicans see entitlement spending gone wild. This fierce debate was joined in the House when Republicans took up a mean-spirited measure that would cut spending on the program by a whopping $40 billion over the next decade - twice the original House proposal and 10 times the trims envisioned by the Senate.

The raw numbers offer some explanation for conservative concern. Spending on food stamps - technically, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP - has mushroomed from $35 ...

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