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September 19, 2013

House passes $39 billion cut to federal food stamp program

The House of Representatives Thursday narrowly passed a bill to cut federal food stamp funding by $39 billion over the next decade.

On a 217-210 vote lawmakers approved the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act following a raucuous debate. No Democrats voted for the bill that would impact the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and 15 Republicans voted against.

"SNAP was originally designed to offer aid to those who truly needed assistance," said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. "Unfortunately, it has turned into a bloated program with far too few checks and balances monitoring to whom assistance is going."

Senate Democrats proclaimed the House measure dead on arrival.

"House Republicans' vote to deny nutrition assistance to hungry, low-income Americans is shameful," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. "The Senate will never pass such hateful, punitive legislation."



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