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House Cuts Billions in Food Stamps
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on September 20, 2013 @ 7:35PM
Created on September 20, 2013 @ 7:15PM

The house recently voted to cut nearly $4 billion dollars a year from food stamps, and that cut will bring a huge reduction to the nation's main feeding program that's used by people across our nation, and will effect hundreds of people here in our area.

By putting this bill into play states would now be required to put specific work requirements, and drug testing in place for many of you who receive food stamps.

This bill would also no longer allow healthy adults without children to receive food stamps indefinitely, and you will still be required to have a job after three months of receiving the stamps.

That's a limit that was already put into the welfare law back in 1996, but mostly every state has been allowed to waive that requirement since the great recession started in 2008.

For the hundreds of food pantries and soup kitchens that rely on food stamps to provide meals across our area daily they're already feeling the side effects.

"Well for a lot of the people that come here, if we don't have the stuff to take care of them they'll go else where to get it, and donations and
stuff that we get helps us a lot, it's going to really have an effect on us." said Fred Johnson, Board member of the Soup Opera in Fairmont.

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