Republicans want to cut all funding for food stamps going to the poor.
The Republicans do this as they pass more corporate welfare (for huge corporate agro businesses) in the new farm bill.
Poor people on food stamps do not contribute huge campaign donations to the Republican party. Giant farming corporations (Like ADM) definitely do… so they are high priority for more free corporate welfare.
Everyone is concerned about the obesity epidemic hitting the United States. Walk through the mall and notice the people walking towards you. Count how many are overweight. Get ready to count a lot.
This is all thanks to the farm bill. US taxpayers subsidize corn which drives down the price. Corporations then find new ways of using the the corn in products like High Fructose Corn Syrup.
HFCS is a cheap plentiful (toxic) way to sweeten all foods. Sugar is expensive. HFCS is cheap. HFCS is now used in everything helping make an entire population obese.