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U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee to take up farm bill tomorrow

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is expected to take up the farm bill tomorrow. And today, people from across the state gathered outside Senator Pat Robert's Topeka office in support of the bill.
 
With old farm grain elevators in the backdrop, more than a dozen people.. including Terranita Williams gathered outside Senator Pat Robert's Topeka office.
 
"Food is very important,” says Terranita Williams.
 
Williams says her family fell on tough times and have been on food stamps for the past three years.
 
"It hurts when you know you can't quite make it,” says Williams.
 
The gathering was a way to show support for Robert's version of the farm bill.
 
"We wholeheartedly support the direction that Senator Roberts has taken around the food stamp program snap,” says Joey Hentzler.
 
Roberts, the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee released the more than one thousand page farm bill last week. His version doesn't include tougher work requirements for food stamp recipients-- unlike the House version which failed to pass last month. 
 
Democrats in the House didn't agree with Republican House leadership to toughen the work requirements for food stamp recipients. The ranking Senate Democrat on the Agriculture Committee has also said he supports the Senate version of the bill.
 
The U.S. House is expected to vote again on its version of the farm bill later this month. The farm bill is renewed every five years. The current farm bill expires at the end of September.


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