House expected to approve food stamp cuts, setting up showdown with Senate Staff
Posted: Sep 19, 2013 8:34 AM
The Republican-led House on Thursday is poised to approve legislation that calls for broad cuts and tighter eligibility restrictions to the food stamp program, setting up a fight with the Senate, where ruling Democrats say the proposal would hurt the poor and struggling workers. The measure, pressed forward by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., would cut $4 billion annually for 10 years — about 5 percent — to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps. Republicans say the cuts are warranted because food stamp spending has swelled to $80 billion in 2012 from $35 billion in 2007. And with one in seven Americans — about 48 million — now receiving government food subsidies, Republicans say spending has been inflated by freeloaders and by states that have expanded the program's rolls to undeserving recipients.