The farm bill that went down in defeat Thursday in the Republican-led U.S. House would have cut $2 billion a year from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a decrease that helped move all but 24 Democrats to vote against the bill. But key to the bill’s failure were the 62 Republicans who defied their party’s leaders and rejected the farm bill because it didn’t cut enough out of the nutrition program.
Almost 48 million Americans — roughly 1 in 7 — receive food stamps, including 4 million Texans, or 15.5 percent of the state’s population. The number of people in the program has increased dramatically over the past half-dozen years thanks to the recession and to an economic recovery that has yet to benefit the working poor whose low wages aren’t enough to keep hunger at bay.
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