INDUSTRY GIRDS TO DEFEND FOOD STAMPS IN 1997

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- While the food stamp program for low-income Americans was preserved in the massive farm bill signed into law by President Clinton earlier this month, the grocery industry is not sanguine that further attempts to reduce it are quashed.Attempts to return the program to the states or to cash it out, and give recipients money instead of vouchers for food, are expected to be revived

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- While the food stamp program for low-income Americans was preserved in the massive farm bill signed into law by President Clinton earlier this month, the grocery industry is not sanguine that further attempts to reduce it are quashed.

Attempts to return the program to the states or to cash it out, and give recipients money instead of vouchers for food, are expected to be revived in 1997. Attempts to reform it this year are unlikely because it's an election year and

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