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Sen. Roberts appointed to farm bill conference committee

August 2, 2013

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U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., will serve on the conference committee charged with settling differences between the House and Senate farm bills.

And the differences are great, the major one being that House Republicans removed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as food stamps, from the bill.

"Obviously there is much work to be done on the nutrition title," Roberts said Friday. "I have called for more reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). We can restore integrity to the program and save the taxpayer more than the $4 billion included in the Senate bill," he said.

Roberts voted against the version that was approved in the Senate, while U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., voted for it.

In the House, Republican leaders are calling for $40 billion in cuts to the food stamp program. President Barack Obama has said he would veto deep cuts to food stamps.

Senate Republican leaders appointed Roberts to the conference panel.

Generally, Roberts said, "I look forward to representing the views of Kansas farmers and ranchers as we continue to work toward a farm bill.

"I want certainty for producers and will fight to protect crop insurance and programs critical to livestock producers who are still suffering due to drought."

Comments

Lefty54 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Pat Roberts comes to Kansas once a year. He spends part of one day at the state fair and then flies back home to Virginia. He hasn't lived in Kansas for 20 years. He keeps an apartment in Dodge City just because he legally has to.

What a joke these politicians play on the voters.

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oldexbeat 8 months, 3 weeks ago

check with ALEC Koch Propanda arm and you'll see what roberts will do -- he should go home to Virginia and retire.

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kansas_cynic 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Talk about total stupidity, both Roberts and the Senate who allowed this idiot on any committee, much less one so important.

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blindrabbit 8 months, 3 weeks ago

King of the cover-ups! I would avoid this guy like the plague, after all he did a great job as chairman of the Senate Committee obfuscating and covering for Dubya, Condy, Rummy, Tenet and Darth for the reason we got involved in the WMD fiasco (nothing there) in Iraq. I'm sure he'll be a great advocate for the Koch-a-Kola crowd.

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