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House panel set to OK cut in food stamp program

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By MARY CLARE JALONICK

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House committee rebuffed Democratic efforts Wednesday to keep the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program whole, as debate on the farm bill turned into a theological discourse on helping the poor.

The House bill would cut about $2.5 billion a year - or a little more than 3 percent - from the food stamp program, which is used by 1 in 7 Americans.

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