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Group Calls for End to Political 'Hunger Games' Over Farm Bill

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri ProVote opposes a plan to make deep cuts to the supplemental nutrition assistance program -- or SNAP.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A local group is calling for an end to what it calls political 'hunger games.'

Missouri ProVote opposes a plan to make deep cuts to the supplemental nutrition assistance program -- or SNAP.

Congress is faced this fall with deciding whether to enact a farm bill that aids farmers and continues SNAP, formerly known as food stamps. The program has been a huge part of fighting hunger in our nation, but many Republicans think the program is too expensive.

The current farm bill expires at the end of the month. If a new bill is not passed, milk prices could rise, and SNAP could suffer.

Matthew Patterson with Missouri ProVote says the group feels this is a direct hit against working families hit hard by the recession. He says there is a record amount of people needing assistance.

"We are hoping the cuts don't happen. This farm bill has failed once and it failed because of proposed cuts with SNAP. We'd like to see them not taken out and for Congress to realize $1.50 a day doesn't amount to being able to live off of and feed children, the elderly, veterans and working families."

Missouri ProVote says Republican leaders refuse to end tax loop holes that corporate giants like Apple, General Electric, and Verizon use to avoid paying any federal income taxes or dramatically reduce what they pay, despite making billions in profits.

KOLR10 attempted to contact Missouri Congressman Billy Long, but did not get a response.

Patterson says SNAP is vital.

"It's gonna be pretty devastating. Look at Missouri just last week. We were rated one of the states with the greatest demand for assistance and health when it comes to hunger and actually we had more hungry Missourians than ten year ago. This could put a greater pressure on food banks...because that's where people will go for assistance. People will have to make decisions between eating, having a place to live, and even medicine."

Congress feels there are too many issues with fraud when it comes to SNAP, which is one reason why they're encouraging cuts.
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