Despite the House voting to cut funding to food stamps, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says the fight is not over. The bill in question, which passed in the House by seven votes, would cut about $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over 10 years. It’s the first time since the 1970s that food stamps haven’t been included in a farm bill, which Durbin says makes it unlikely to pass in the Senate.
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“Our farm bill makes sure that the food stamp program…is there for struggling families,” Durbin said. “We don’t want any fraud in the program -- nobody does – but cutting the food stamp program for those who are truly deserving and needy is unacceptable.” The Senate version of the bill would cut $4 billion from the program, but it failed to pass in the House in June. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that if the House bill goes into effect, more than 3 million people would be kicked off food stamps next year.