Federal official criticizes Brownback stance on food stamps

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal official says Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is wrong to support funding food stamps through block grants.

U.S. Department of Agriculture administrator Audrey Rowe said at a news conference Monday with Brownback that she disagrees with his stance that food stamps should be managed by states and funded by federal block grants.

Rowe runs the department’s food and nutrition service division and said that the Republican proposal would be detrimental to the oversight and the quality of services.

The news conference was called to announce $13.5 million in federal grant money that Kansas received to fund a pilot program to train food stamps recipients and find them jobs. The federal program gave $200 million to 10 states in total for programs seeking to get impoverished people stable employment.


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