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Legislative action saved poor Vermonters $60 a month in food stamp benefits, officials say

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Among the cuts in the federal Farm Bill was a change that would have caused low-income Vermonters whose rent includes heat to lose benefits.

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Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., briefs a joint meeting of the Vermont House and Senate agriculture committees on the federal farm bill Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Rep. Peter Welch tells state lawmakers the long-delayed legislation will ultimately be good for Vermont dairy farmers.

Hopes raised for Farm Bill compromise

White-faced hereford cows and calves in Plainfield. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDgger

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Leahy hopes for compromise on food stamp cuts

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., covered a wide array of topics in a news conference Friday at his office in the federal building in Montpelier. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

The House voted Thursday to lop off $40 billion from the nutrition program, known as SNAP, over the course of the next decade. Leahy thinks the Senate can help reduce the amount.

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