House passes farm bill that could force 2 million off food stamps


(WTHR) — The U.S. House of Representatives voted on a bill that would force 2 million Americans off food stamps.

House Resolution 2 would require food stamp recipients under the age of 59 to work at least 20 hours per week.

On Thursday, June 21, the House of Representatives passed their version of the 2018 Farm Bill. The policy legislation passed by a vote of 213-211.

“I applaud Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee for their diligence and hard work in passing their 2018 Farm Bill through the House of Representatives. American producers have greatly benefited from the policies of the Trump Administration, including tax reforms and reductions in regulations, however a Farm Bill is still critically important to give the agriculture community some much-needed reassurance. No doubt, there is still much work to be done on this legislation in both chambers of Congress, and USDA stands ready to assist with whatever counsel lawmakers may request or require.”

Supporters say it's aimed to remove existing loopholes that residents use to receive food stamps without working. If passed, a state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program federal funds would be revoked unless they comply with the minimum-service requirements, 12News reported.

Those who oppose the bill says it cuts too much money from SNAP benefits for the people who truly need it.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill as early as next week.