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Stutzman: Cantor had big win with nutrition bill

House passage of the nutrition bill containing a provision that reauthorizes the food stamp program for only three years while the farm bill is reauthorized for five years was a “big win” for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., an advocate of big food stamp cuts, told Roll Call.

The split in the number of years for nutrition reauthorization and farm program reauthorization may have won as many as 20 Republican votes from members who believe it will give House conferees more negotiating power in the conference and split the farm program-nutrition political alliance, the article says.

“That was it, that was brilliant,” Stutzman said. “That’s actually a big selling point for me and for a lot of other conservatives.”