Updated: 09/19/2013 7:32 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
The House has voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps, a 5 percent reduction to the nation's main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans.
The 217-210 vote was a win for conservatives after Democrats united in opposition and some GOP moderates said the cut was too high.
The bill's savings would be achieved by allowing states to put broad new work requirements in place for many food stamp recipients and to test applicants for drugs. The bill also would end government waivers that have allowed able-bodied adults without dependents to receive food stamps indefinitely.
Food stamps' cost has more than doubled in the last five years as the economy struggled through the Great Recession.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann released the following statement:
“I was pleased to support the important reforms to SNAP put forth by the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013. This legislation preserves and protects SNAP benefits for those Americans most in need of assistance, while also encouraging and incentivizing work amongst those who are able. Since 2004, enrollment in SNAP has doubled. Currently, one in seven Americans and one in ten Minnesotans are enrolled in the SNAP. This is far too many of us. By enacting common sense reforms, we can protect benefits for those the program is designed to help, while saving taxpayer dollars at the same time.”
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