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Valley Republicans split over food stamp cuts

San Joaquin Valley House Republicans split, just a little bit, over a controversial bill passed Thursday night that would cut an estimated $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Freshman Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, was one of only 15 House Republicans to vote against the measure, which was unanimously opposed by House Democrats. All other Valley Republicans voted for the nutrition program cuts, which passed on a 217-210 margin.

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Benefits Program is extremely important to my constituents in the Central Valley. Without this assistance many in my district would be unable to feed their families,” Valadao stated.

Valadao will be targeted by Democrats for the 2014 election, so votes like this one can get special consideration.

The nutrition program funding is usually part of an overall farm bill, but House Republicans have split the two measures. Senate Democrats have already made clear they won’t go along with the level of cuts sought by most House Republicans.


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