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Bill would cut $4 billion from food assistance program
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A showdown in the House of Representatives has ended with a vote to cut billions from our country's main feeding program.
Conservative lawmakers are claiming victory after the House voted to slash four billion dollars a year from the nation's food assistance program or SNAP.
But many others say the cuts are just too much and will never end up as law.
More than one in seven Americans benefits from food assistance and the program grew since the recession began in 2008.
Thursday the House voted to slash four billion dollars a year from the program.
The bill would allow states to have broader work requirements for many food stamp recipients and test applicants for drugs.
House Speaker John Boehner called it a set of "common sense reforms, saying it would strengthen the safety net for our nation's poor while saving struggling taxpayers billions of dollars.
But some moderate republicans said the cuts were too drastic and every democrat was opposed.
"Our children, our seniors, our returning vets - so many people affected by this cut," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
"It's unconscionable to literally take food out of the mouths of hungry Americans in order to, again, achieve some ideological goal," said White House Spokesman Jay Carney.
Even though the House passed it, the democratically-controlled Senate and President Obama oppose the bill, so it is not expected to become law.