Sen. Deb Fischer expresses concerns about Food Stamp spending

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By News 5 Staff


Updated: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:31:17 CST

A team of 41 lawmakers from the House and Senate met Wednesday as they work to reconcile the differences in their Farm Bills.

Issues of contention include the $500 billion cost of the five-year extension, crop insurance requirements and dairy industry reform.

But the biggest debate they'l have in the coming days will likely be the amount of money to be cut from the Food Stamp program. 

The Senate bill cuts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $4.5 billion. The House bill cuts it by $39 billion.

Nebraska U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer isn't part of the committee, but said Wednesday that spending is a concern. 

"I think government spending as a whole is out of control," she said. "Anytime we have a chance to look at those costs, we need to. But, we also need to work together on it and that's what this conference committee is going to step up and do."

The committee must merge the two bills passed by the House and Senate into one bill. Fischer voted in support of the Senate's version of the Farm Bill in June.