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Washington Gridlock Threatens Milk Prices and Food Stamp Program
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on November 27, 2013 @ 6:35PM
Created on November 27, 2013 @ 5:41PM

Well like most of you out there, congress went home for the Thanksgiving holiday, but that's without passing a Farm Bill which could cause the price of milk to go up to $7.00 a gallon at the first of the year.

One of the main reasons this bill is still sitting in limbo is because of the argument over the funding for food stamps.

This bill is already more than a year overdue, and is still caught between the House and Senate over how much to cut the from the food stamp program, among other things.

The parties are still far apart on this issue. 

"I just think it's horrible. I just think if they lived what a normal person lived on they would never even think about doing that." said
Margret Zirkle

The clock is ticking on milk prices too. If congress doesn't pass a Farm Bill by January 1st, subsidies for dairy and other raw materials will expire.

Since the cut to the food stamps program earlier this month, and the threat of the farm bill not being passed local soup kitchens say they're already struggling enough.

"I see our number climbing all the time, so if they're going to make even bigger cuts you know come January, especially with milk, that's one thing we use here at the Soup Opera all the time, and we have to buy our own milk. So if it's $7-8 dollars a gallon I don't think we'll be able to buy it." said Shelia Tennant, Director of the Soup Opera in Fairmont.

Agricultural lobbyists have said that at this point they still believe in lawmakers ability to work out a Farm Bill before the first of the year, and local residents think something needs to be done, and soon.

"If they could walk a mile in our shows then they would probably understand just for an average person, let alone someone on food stamps how they would feel." said Andrew King

The SNAP program is currently helping about 47 million people nationwide.

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