Negotiators seeking about $45 billion in five-year budget savings appear likely to drop proposed reductions in the federal food stamp program, with GOP opposition firming up as the Agriculture committees work to meet a $3 billion savings target.
They are also likely to drop House-passed welfare overhaul legislation, sources said. [...]
Frist declined to comment on other provisions, and final decisions will not be made until House-Senate negotiators meet this week. But sources said GOP leaders are leaning toward dropping House language trimming almost $700 million from food stamps.
How bad are those proposed cuts?
Joan Entmacher of the National Women’s Law Center called the welfare changes “the ugliest set of recommendations inflicted on low-income women and their families that”¦we have seen.” And the Congressional Budget Office estimates the House bill would cut food stamp benefits for 225,000 people and that “40,000 children would lose their eligibility for free meals at school.”