jeudi 19 septembre 2013

US lawmakers vote to cut food stamp benefits from 2014

An estimated one in seven Americans receive food stamps. 

US President Barack Obama at a soup kitchen

US lawmakers have narrowly voted to cut food stamp benefits from next year despite a veto threat from the White House and opposition from lobby groups.

The Republican-led House of Representatives passed the bill by 217-200. But it has little chance in the Democratic-held Senate.

The bill would save $39bn (£24bn) over a decade, but affect four million people on the programme.

It comes a day after census data showed 15% of Americans live in poverty.

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