Stutzman Speaks On Farm Bill

By Madeline Shine - 21Alive

November 23, 2013 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 8:49 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Congressman Marlin Stutzman is shedding some light on the Farm Bill.

Stutzman voted that the bill should be separate from the food-stamp policy and strictly be a bill on its own.

According to Stutzman, President Obama has made the bill a priority to be finished by the end of the year, but he says that doesn't mean it's been a simple process.

"It's been a challenge. It's been a challenge all along, I don't think any of us anticipated it to be simple going through the final steps. But I know that I talked to the Speaker yesterday, John Boehner, and he felt optimistic that we'd get it done by the end of the year but there seems to be a lot of mixed messages coming out, but hopefully people will want to get something done by the end year and will find that way over the next couple of weeks after Thanksgiving,” said Stutzman.

The Farm Bill will cost nearly $1 trillion over the next 10 years with about 80 percent of its budget going toward food stamps.

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