Today (Sept. 19), House Republicans passed a plan to cut nearly $40 billion from the food stamp program over the next 10 years. The vote was 217 to 210, failing to draw support from a single House Democrat (15 Republicans also voted against the bill).
Once the plan takes effect (the current law expired Sept. 30), adults between 18 and 50 without minor children will be required to find jobs or enroll in work training programs in order to receive benefits. It’d also limit the time they could get said benefits to three months.
While Republicans insist the passage of the bill will preserve the safety net for those in need, Democrats say millions of hungry people would lose their benefits. According to the Congressional Budget Office, 3 million people will lose benefits and another 850,000 would see their benefits cut.
According to the New York Times, the White House threatened Wednesday to veto the bill, calling food stamps one of the “nation’s strongest defenses against hunger and poverty.”
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