GOP House Passes Bill To Cut Food Stamps By $39 Billion
Looks like those GOP goons got their way on this one where 3.8 million Americans will lose their benefits in 2014.
Via NBC News:
With only Republicans voting in support, the GOP-led House passed a bill Thursday to reduce spending for food stamps by $39 billion over 10 years. The vote was 217-210. No Democrats voted for the measure. Fifteen Republicans voted against the bill, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will result in the loss of benefits for an estimated 3.8 million people in 2014.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where a bicameral panel is expected to drastically reduce the amount of cuts to food stamp programs when lawmakers meld it with the legislation passed in the upper chamber.
Republican leaders dispute that the bill “cuts” nearly $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) saying it instead eliminates loopholes that have allowed ineligible Americans to continue receiving the benefits. Many rank-and-file Republicans say that while the SNAP reductions may be deep, they see the food stamp bill mostly as a starting point to blend with the Senate’s version of the legislation, which would result in much more moderate cuts.
But some in the GOP think the food stamp reductions go too deep. “I just think on balance it’s not a good bill,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. who intends to vote against the measure. “Against the whole backdrop of a government shutdown, I just think it’s too much.”