WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives is set to cut parts of the $80 billion-per-year food stamp program. Some have labeled President Barack Obama the “food stamp president” because of the rise in food stamps during his presidency.
According to the Associated Press, the House Agriculture Committee is taking a closer look at a farm bill that costs up to $100 billion per year in farm subsidies, rural programs and food stamps. It is going to approve the changes after the Senate Agriculture Committee makes its own recommendations.
The House bill cuts about 3% of the food stamp program, amounting to about $2.5 billion per year, which is known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It specifically cuts out automatic food stamp benefits when people sign up for certain programs.
Up to 1 in 7 Americans used the SNAP program, or 47 million Americans. The cost has doubled since 2008 and were due to Obamanomics expanding eligibility for more Americans, the Great Recession and rising food prices.
The Senate approved smaller cuts, amounting to $400 million per year.