House considering $4 billion in food stamp cuts - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

House considering $4 billion in food stamp cuts

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The house is expected to consider a bill this week that would cut food stamps by around $4 billion.

The legislation would end government waivers that have allowed able-bodied adults who don't have dependents to receive food stamps indefinitely.

It would also allow states to enforce broad new work requirements.

The vote comes after the house defeated a wide-ranging farm bill in June.

House members voted no because many conservatives believed the cuts to the nearly $80 billion-dollar-a-year food stamp program weren't high enough.

KCBD spoke to Congressman Randy Neugebauer on Tuesday and asked about his concerns with the current program.

"We've got some able-bodied people that could actually be looking for work or taking some job training courses that are on food stamps and have been on food stamps for an extended period of time. The goal for food stamps is to give a helping hand, not a permanent hand out," Neugebauer said.

One in seven Americans uses food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Neugebauer says the cost of the program has more than doubled in the past five years.

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