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USDA mulling big changes to food stamps, according to conservative group

USDA mulling big changes to food stamps, according to conservative group

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is weighing dramatic changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, the $73 billion social safety net that feeds 42 million Americans, according to a conservative group that met with senior officials there this week.

The USDA is considering proposals to let states impose new restrictions on purchases of soda and candy and require SNAP candidates to apply in person, according to the Secretaries Innovation Group (SIG), which represents state social service secretaries from 20 Republican administrations. The agency is also considering a proposal to allow states to reduce payments to some groups of people,...

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