HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro says a push by House Republicans to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps "is cynical and reckless" plan designed to do nothing but send the country straight into a government shutdown.
The cuts voted on Thursday amount to a 5 percent reduction to the nation's main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans. The bill's savings would be achieved by allowing states to put broad new work requirements in place for many food stamp recipients and to test applicants for drugs. It also would end government waivers that have allowed able-bodied adults without dependents to receive food stamps indefinitely.
DeLauro says the cuts threaten the health, well-being and future of American families.
DeLauro says the cuts are neither a serious nor a good-faith effort to govern.
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