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House votes to cut $4B a year from food stamps

By The Associated Press

This article was published September 19, 2013 at 6:03 p.m.

WASHINGTON — 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.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... September 19, 2013 at 6:09 p.m.

it's a start.

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Razorbacker1 says... September 19, 2013 at 6:18 p.m.

I approve of this vote. Able body adults with no children need to get off their tails and work! Don't work, don't eat!! It won't kill anyone to do some work and pull your own weight in life!!

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RonalFos says... September 19, 2013 at 6:40 p.m.

So when there is high unemployment and not nearly enough jobs available, people who can't get work should just starve? Fraud in the Food Stamp program is around 1% which is nearly nothing. I'm sure none of the above have worked in a food bank and seen the people coming in for food assistance. The food is always needed more than you can imagine.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... September 19, 2013 at 7:10 p.m.

Great recessions are when safety-net benefits are most needed. It is wrong to take them away just as the need is greatest. The time is when, if ever, the economy for the working ever recovers.

It is nonsense to justify this by issues of fraud. Of course there is some fraud in the program. But EVERYONE wants to fix that.

So fix it. But do not starve the poor folks in the meantime.


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23cal says... September 19, 2013 at 7:56 p.m.

How many children will go hungry when their parents are taken off this program? Boy, that'll teach those kids to not have lazy parents, right? How about the 170,000 veterans and 5,000 active military this will affect? Support our troops, right?
Fix the program with something other than an axe that chops so many innocents....unless, of course, your ideology surpasses your compassion.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... September 20, 2013 at 4:33 a.m.

I've never seen so much crying.

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rback57 says... September 20, 2013 at 6:47 a.m.

i thought this great president had solved all the economy's problems and there were many jobs. The worst president since wilson and carter!

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Landau29 says... September 20, 2013 at 7:55 a.m.

If anyone thinks that the welfare fraud is only 1%, you're dreaming. When you stand in line at the grocery store behind someone dripping in diamonds and they go out and get in a Lexus or Cadillac, something is WRONG. And, I and many others, have seen this time and time again. It's not just 1%, it's RAMPANT.

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