|Wisconsin Hunger Task Force billboard|
This year's challenge attracted special attention because organizers timed the exercise to bring attention to the proposed cuts of about $20.5 billion in the SNAP program as the Farm Bill was coming to the floor of the House for a vote. That particular version of the Farm Bill was defeated. But the House later separated the safety-net nutrition programs from the Farm Bill and brought the measure to the floor for a vote. That bill won by a narrow margin. The Republican-led House is now expected to consider a measure that only deals with the nutrition programs with proposed cuts of $40 billion in SNAP. If approved, these cuts would have to be reconciled with the Senate version of the Farm Bill, which cuts $4.5 billion from the SNAP program.
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