The original House bill had about $20 billion in food stamp cuts over 10 years; the one approved on Thursday had double that amount.
Much of that would come from making it tougher for states to waive the work requirements currently associated with able-bodied people without children.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., who oversaw work on the bill approved Thursday, said “the reforms made by this bill will put people on the path to self-sufficiency and independence.”
Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, argued that the bill would not affect children who receive free school lunches. But Democrats countered that many children qualify automatically because their families receive food stamps.
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