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A group of senators are pushing for food stamps to be exempt from a government shutdown.
Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow and Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee ranking Member Jeff Merkley said on September 22 in a joint statement that unlike during the 2013 shutdown, if the federal government shuts down on October 1st, 2015, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could be immediately cut off.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran encouraged his colleagues to support a short-term continuing resolution to continue funding for government operations. However, it prohibits funding for Planned Parenthood. The Continuing Appropriations Resolution 2016 would ensure the operation of the federal government through Dec. 11th of this year.