There are many myths going around about the proposed 2012 Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act – and Senate Ag Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow wants the facts to be known. Stabenow says the proposed legislation is the most significant reform of American agriculture in decades – ending direct payments and three other subsidy programs that will save more than 23-billion dollars. That represents more than double the amount recommended by the Simpson-Bowles commission and Gang of Six and also is more than suggested during the super committee’s sequestration process. Stabenow points out the 23.6-billion is roughly two-percent of the super committee’s goal of 1.2-trillion in deficit reduction – and the portion of the budget under the Ag Committee’s jurisdiction is nearly two-percent. Finally – Stabenow says the changes made regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reduces fraud and abuse – improving the programs integrity to make sure needy families truly receive help. These changes leave standard benefits and eligibility rules – but save 4-billion dollars.
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