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House approves bill with deep food stamp spending cuts of $40 billion over 10 years

(Reuters) - The Republican-run House of Representatives voted to cut spending on food stamps for the poor by $40 billion over 10 years on Thursday, defying a veto threat from the White House in the name of fiscal reform. 

Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the driving force behind the legislation, said it was "wrong for working, middle-class people to pay" for abuse of the program, whose costs have skyrocketed in recent years. 

Democrats pointed to nonpartisan estimates that the bill would end benefits to 4 million needy people in 2014. 

Representatives passed the bill on a party-line vote, 217-200. Speaker John Boehner said passage would trigger long-awaited negotiations with the Democratic-controlled Senate over a new $500 billion farm bill, already a year overdue. 

Senators voted in May for $4.5 billion in food stamp reductions, about 1/10th of the House proposal. With nutrition programs as the sticking point, analysts are skeptical that a compromise farm bill can be written that would pass in the sharply partisan Congress. 

They need to cut all these low educated, not wanting to work Negros, and others like the ILLEGALS/REFUGEES off the dole. Not our elderly who have worked all their lives and paid into it getting $35.00 a month or the hard working Veteran who served numerous tours in Vietnam and his past battles caught up with him as he aged and is only getting less then a dollar in food stamps a month.

Welfare Use by Immigrant Households with Children 
A Look at Cash, Medicaid, Housing, and Food Programs 

Thirteen years after welfare reform, the share of immigrant-headed households (legal and illegal) with a child (under age 18) using at least one welfare program continues to be very high.This is partly due to the large share of immigrants with low levels of education and their resulting low incomes — not their legal status or an unwillingness to work. The major welfare programs examined in this report include cash assistance, food assistance, Medicaid, and public and subsidized housing. 

Among the findings:
 


Non-Disabled Adults
Medicaid provides health coverage to 11 million non-elderly low-income parents, other caretaker relatives, pregnant women, and other non-disabled adults. States provide coverage to parents/caretaker relatives who are in mandatory eligibility groups and optional eligibility groups.

Eligibility levels for parents/caretaker relatives vary across the country and there is currently no federal requirement that states provide coverage to non-pregnant adults without dependent children. The Affordable Care Act creates a national minimum eligibility standard of 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL), beginning in 2014, which will include coverage of most adults under age 65 at this income level.

Parents & Caretaker Relatives

Parents/caretaker relatives in low-income families with dependent children are eligible for coverage if their income meets minimum eligibility levels established for financial and medical assistance in 1996, which averages 41% of the FPL. (1996 was the year of enactment for welfare reform, which held in place guaranteed Medicaid eligibility for those receiving AFDC benefits at that time.) Parents are also eligible for Medicaid if they are medically needy or through Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA). States have the option to cover parents with incomes above the 1996 minimum levels and many states do so as mandatory or optional Medicaid state plan coverage or as part of an 1115 waiver program.

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