U.S. House OKs $2 Billion Cut To SNAP In Farm Bill (VIDEO) (UPDATED)
U.S. House approved a measure Wednesday as part of its version of the
farm bill to slash $2 billion a year from the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP).
The chamber shot down a Democratic amendment to the farm bill from U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
that would have stopped the cuts and kept the $80 billion SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps, at its current level of funding by using farm subsidy money.
Overall, the House farm bill, which may see a vote next week, looks to reduce the
SNAP program by $20.5 billion over 10 years.
As a result, opponents of the measure say some 2 million Americans could be pushed off of the program.
"It's too big, it's too harsh and it's going to hurt so many people," McGovern said regarding the SNAP cuts, reports the AP.
The White House says President Barack Obama would veto the House farm bill over the SNAP cuts.
Additionally, an amendment to the bill requiring SNAP recipients to undergo drug tests also got the OK Wednesday.
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL,8) spoke out against the proposed cuts on the House floor Thursday.
Here's a look at what she said:
The Senate's farm bill, which passed last week, would decrease SNAP by $400 million a year.
Click through to read Progress Illinois' report on how SNAP cuts in the farm bill may impact those living in Illinois.
UPDATE 1 (1:50 p.m.): The U.S. House voted down its farm bill Thursday by a 234-195 vote.