Members of the House Agriculture Committee decided to tighten the rules for qualifying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the food stamp program, as well as repeal increases to the program’s funding.

This will result in one, five and 10-year savings estimates of $7.7 billion, $19.7 billion and $33.2 billion, respectively. This move, which is unlikely to pass in the Senate, is one of many that will aim to reconcile Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) House budget guidelines.

More information on and audio/video of the meeting is available through the Committee’s website at

(For more, see: Food stamp programs costly for farmers markets)