McConnell: food stamp controversy shouldn't block farm reforms

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Kentucky farmers could see life on the farm get even tougher if Washington can’t find compromise.

More than two dozen Senators and Representatives began meeting Wednesday to iron out differences over a package of agriculture changes known as the Farm Bill. The biggest sticking point: House republicans want stricter work requirements for food stamps while that idea appears to be a tough sell in the Senate.

In a one-on-one interview, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the two sides must find common ground.

"It seems to me, we ought to be able to work something out there that does reflect the fact that there are a declining number of people on food stamps," he said, " and, there should be, because the economy is roaring. When the economy goes down, the number of people on food stamps goes down."

McConnell said the most important portion of the farm bill for Kentucky – is the federal legalization of growing hemp. Growing the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana is already legal under state law.

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