Wednesday, March 12, 2014
By MARY CLARE JALONICK / The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The House has rejected a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them.
A shopper looks over the milk aisle at a store in Montpelier, Vt. The House rejected a farm bill that would have affected milk prices.
2009 Associated Press File Photo
The vote was 234-195 against the bill. Sixty-two Republicans voted no, while 24 Democrats voted in favor of the bill.
Maine's Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree, Democrats, both voted against it.
Members of both parties had signaled opposition to the food stamp cuts in the bill.
Many Republicans say the cuts are not enough; the food stamp program has doubled in cost over the last five years to almost $80 billion a year and now helps to feed 1 in 7 Americans.
Liberals oppose any reductions in food stamps, contending that the House plan could remove as many as 2 million needy recipients from the rolls.