Despite a veto from the White House and opposition from lobby groups, the House of Representatives has voted to cut food stamp benefits in 2014. It’s thought some $4 billion a year could be saved.
Drug testing and work requirements mean that an estimated 4 million people would be affected by the changes.
Lloyd Dogget (Rep TX) called it the “Let them starve bill” but the move was defended by Eric Cantor (Rep VA) who said:
“This bill is designed to give people a hand when they need it most. And most people don’t choose to be on food stamps. Most people want a job … They want what we want.” (source)
The new work requirements would allow states to require 20 hours of work from all able bodied adults with a child over one year of age providing childcare was available, and would be applicable to all parents with school aged children.
If the bill passes, up to 3.8 million people could lose the benefit next year.
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