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Republican budget includes overhaul of food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican proposal to cut federal food programs could revive arguments from the 1990s about the government's role in reducing hunger.

The recent deal to trim federal spending in the current budget included a $500 million cut to the Women, Infants and Children Program, and much bigger changes to the food stamp program are included in a proposed $6.2 trillion budget-cutting plan approved by House Republicans.

Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts says the proposal would destroy a vital program.

But many lawmakers still haven't taken clear stands on it.

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is the top Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, and he says he hasn't decided whether to support a food stamp overhaul. He opposed a similar effort 15 years ago.

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