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GOP proposes cuts to domestic, foreign food aid

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Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., left, talks about the current fiscal budget during a crowded town hall meeting in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., left, talks about the current fiscal budget during a crowded town hall meeting in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are targeting domestic nutrition programs and international food assistance as they try to control spending in next year's budget.

In a bill released Monday, Republicans proposed cutting $832 million — 11 percent from this year's budget for the Women, Infants and Children program, which provides food for low-income mothers and children. The 2012 budget proposal for food and farm programs also includes a decrease of almost $457 million, or 23 percent, from international food assistance.

The legislation would cut $2 billion from food stamps, or about 2 percent of the feeding program's giant $67 billion budget.

Republicans who wrote the bill said that the cuts to domestic food programs are taken from excess dollars in those accounts and participants won't see a decrease in services.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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