A food stamps cut was voted 217-210 by the House to shave about $4 billion a year from the nation's main feeding program that 1 in 7 Americans depend on. CBS News reports Sept. 19 that conservatives got their way in the food stamps cut vote, but Democrats and GOP moderates oppose the 5 percent reduction, insisting it's too high.
The money saved with the food stamps reduction outlined in the bill would go towards allowing states to add new work requirements for a number of food stamp recipients as well as testing applicants for drug use. Government waivers allowing "able-bodied adults without dependents to receive food stamps indefinitely" would come to an end.
The report stated that the bill will "likely never see the light of day in the Democratic-led Senate, but even if it somehow made it through the Senate, President Obama has promised to veto the legislation."
Even with the House voting to make a cut on food stamps, recipients may not have to worry too much.
"These cuts would affect a broad array of Americans who are struggling to make ends meet, including working families with children, senior citizens, veterans, and adults who are still looking for work," the White House said in a statement regarding the bill.
The cost of SNAP has drastically increased since 2008 -- more than doubling to nearly $78 billion last year. When the recession hit in 2008, the percentage of those needing food rose from 11.1 percent in 2007 to 14.6 percent. The number hasn't budged since the recession and a food stamps cut could mean real hardships for those on the program.