“In a weak economy, rising unemployment and higher food prices, the number of “food insecure” households is at a record high. And the federal government is struggling to meet demand for food stamps as it cuts its own budget.
The government’s signature nutrition programs are caught in bipartisan wrangling in Congress as lawmakers struggle to agree on budget cuts. Republicans say the program is out of control and want to tighten its restrictions. Sen. Jeff Sessions told ABC News last month that federal aid has surged, partly because of abuse, and that “nobody is looking under the hood.” Democrats say their opponents are unfairly targeting the poor. Eight Democratic members of Congress last month went on a food stamp diet — a budget of about $4.50 per day — to oppose cuts.”
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