Republican lawmakers propose substantial food stamp cuts
Plan would trim away $40 billion over ten-year period
It's being met with opposition by Democrats - but House Republican leaders will soon present a bill that would cut the food stamps program by $40 billion over 10 years. Republicans argue that the food stamp program, whose enrollment soared after the 2008-09 recession, is untenably costly at $78 billion a year.
It's being met with opposition by Democrats - but House Republican leaders will soon present a bill that would cut the food stamps program by $40 billion over 10 years.
Doug Heye, the deputy chief of staff for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginian Republican claims the bill would "include common-sense measures, such as work requirements and job-training requirements for able-bodied adults without children receiving assistance, which enjoy a broad range of support."
The bill was authored by Cantor and Frank Lucas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. The bill goes before House Republicans after the August recess.
Collin Peterson, D-Minn., ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, said there would be "no Democratic votes" for the food stamp bill, calling it "very disappointing," adding that the cuts might even be too tough for some Republicans to support.
"I don't know what the hell they're trying to do other than placate the Wall Street Journal and the Club for Growth and the Heritage, I don't know what they're doing," Peterson said.
Lucas told journalists that the legislation on food stamps are in connection with any talks with the Senate on a new U.S. farm law costing $100 billion a year.
The House needs to pass a bill to fund food stamp programs as a provision out of the farm bill in an effort to pass it without Democratic votes.
Republican leadership was stunned when the Farm Bill, with the food stamp provisions included, failed on the House floor on June 20.
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