COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - South Carolina food stamp recipients will see a cut to their benefits.

They're among more than 47-million Americans who will see their benefits go down starting today as Congress debates on further cuts to the program.

The 2009 federal economic stimulus provided higher benefits, but those end this month.

The rolls have grown as the economy struggled in recent years and the program has more than doubled in cost since 2008, now costing almost $80-billion a year.

Negotiations began Wednesday on a wide-ranging farm bill, including cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP – the new name for the food stamp program.

But the House and the Senate are far apart on the amounts of the cuts.