The GOP-led U.S. House is expected to take up a bill this week that would slash $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over 10 years.
After the U.S. House passed a SNAP-less farm bill in July,
House Republicans leaders said they would address the $80-billion-a-year
SNAP program separately. The stand-alone proposal,
crafted by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA,7) and 20 other Republicans,
includes $20 billion in SNAP cuts, which was first proposed in the original farm bill, on top of another $20 billion shaved from the program. In comparison, the Senate approved a $4 billion SNAP reduction as part of its farm bill, which was approved in early June.
House bill's additional $20 billion cut to SNAP would mostly come
from removing childless adults aged 18 to 50 from the program if they
are unable to find at least a part-time job after three months of
receiving benefits. Under the measure, some 4 million people could be
pushed off SNAP.
It remains to be seen whether the proposal will pass the House, as the chamber
voted down the original farm bill with the $20 billion in proposed SNAP
cuts back in July. Some Republicans who say the new bill doesn't cut enough from the SNAP program could also oppose the measure.
it does pass the House, lawmakers from both chambers would have to
reach a compromise in order to continue nutrition and agriculture programs
for the next fiscal year, which starts October 1. If an agreement
doesn't happen, a short-term spending bill meant to keep the government
running temporarily could fund the nutrition programs at current levels.