House republicans caused a stir on Capitol Hill when they dropped funding for food stamps in the new farm bill.
The bill drops the politically sensitive food stamp portion of the bill.
The dropped section would make a 3 percent cut to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program.
Many Republicans say that isn't enough of a reduction after the program's cost has doubled in the last five years, while Democrats have opposed any cuts.
The farm bill and food stamp funding were paired together long ago to win support from rural state lawmakers and big cities, but the farm bill failed to pass the House last month, so House leaders removed the food stamp portion to get support from Republicans.
House Republicans say they will take up the food stamp funding issue in a separate bill later this month.
The White House swiftly issued a veto threat and House Democrats reacted angrily.
How do you feel about it? Is it time for the food stamp funding to come out of the farm bill or have House Republicans made a mistake?
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