House GOP votes to cut food stamp program

Published 09/20 2013 03:53PM

Updated 09/24 2013 05:50AM

NATIONAL -- House republicans passed another controversial bill Friday. It would drop nearly 4-million people from the food stamp rolls next year.

House republicans say the measure is aimed at cutting $40-billion from the program over the next decade. The legislation would cut benefits for "able-bodied adults" who aren't caring for children.

They'd get only three months assistance during any three year period unless they work part-time or are in a job-training program. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) criticized the bill.

15% of the U.S. population receives food stamps. That's more than 47-million people.

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