WASHINGTON - U.S. House Republicans passed a bill last night that would strip billions of dollars from the federal food stamp program.
One in five Americans has used the program at some point in their life.
Farm subsidies and food stamps have been combined in the "farm bill" since 1973. This is the first time the bill has passed the House without having food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The partisan bill would remove $740 billion from the food stamp program over the next 10 years.
2400 families use food stamps in Oneida County alone. This reduction would make it tougher on them.
"The concern with that is everything as far as expenses is increasing for people, utilities, food and other costs," said Oneida County Support Programs Supervisor Amy Mayo. "So to have the benefits decline, while others are increasing would be a hardship for clients. "
It is unlikely the Food stamp program will lose all of its funding.
That's because the Republican House has to work with the Democratic Senate.
Senate Democrat's won't let the bill go to the president with a 740 billion dollar cut.
Oneida county residents receive $527,000 worth of food stamps per month in the Wisconsin FoodShare program.
A study from January 2012, says 59 percent of Wisconsin recipients were children, disabled,or people older 59.
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