WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - All five Wisconsin Republicans voted yes, and all three Democrats voted no when the House approved a new five-year package of federal farm programs Thursday.
Majority Republicans removed food stamps from the farm package on a near-party line vote of 216-208.
It raised fears by Democrats that the GOP would push for bigger cuts in food aid than the 3 percent reduction in the previous Farm Bill that was defeated in the House a month ago.
Indiana Republican Marlin Stutzman said a separate food stamp bill would, “give taxpayers an honest look at how Washington spends our money.”
Massachusetts Democrat Jim McGovern said some Republicans believe this is their chance to end the food stamp program as we know it and, “The question is whether they will succeed or not.”
Democrats are against any cuts in food stamps. Senate Democrats have indicated they will not consider a split in farm and food aid measures.
The White House has threatened to veto what the House approved.