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Farm bill: Putting our foot down

A revamped Farm Bill, scheduled for a vote this week, is set to cut $35 billion from the food stamp program. 

If the bill passes, some 280,000 low-income children will lose free school lunches under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and several million Americans will no longer be eligible for food assistance,  Democrats said.

"One in seven Americans receive what we used to call food stamps. The figure is higher in Arizona, where one in three children – more than 466,000 – are considered ‘food insecure," said U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva in a press release Monday.

Under the cuts proposed by Republicans, "Arizona families would have to choose between owning their car or receiving food assistance to feed their family," said Grijalva "Why? Because they want to count the car as a big enough asset to eliminate your need for food assistance. Anyone who’s ever struggled with hunger can tell you a car isn’t food."

— Dylan Smith/TucsonSentinel.com

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