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Illinois Democrats bring home food stamp message

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Two Illinois Democrats met in Chicago with food stamp beneficiaries as Congress began its summer recess.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky say the food stamp program is not the place to look for drastic cuts. A group of House Republicans wants to cut the program -- also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP -- by as much as 5 percent, or about $4 billion a year.

The current farm and food law expires in September. If there's no agreement between the House and Senate on what to do about food stamps, Congress could vote to extend the law as it is, at the expense of many planned updates to agricultural policy.

Government data show about 2 million Illinois residents receive food stamps.

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