Trying to keep the purse strings tied up tightly is the name of the game for House GOP leaders as the House of Representatives debates an agriculture appropriations bill that would cut funding for nutrition programs and food safety.


In a bit of a twist, the House is allowing votes on amendments, so the floor debate could last hours, if not a day or two, congressional aides predict.


And, despite concerns that some of the bill's cuts would impact key domestic programs, the White House is not so far threatening to veto the bill.


A key debate is shaping up over the bill's proposed $650 million in cuts to the normally bipartisan Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. The administration's official word is "these cuts would undermine efforts to prevent hunger and support sound nutrition for some of the most vulnerable members of our society."


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