Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 11:29 am
Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas is proposing cutting $20 billion in spending over 10 years for the nation's food stamps program. It is a part of the latest farm bill.
Lucas is the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. The proposed reductions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program "won't take a calorie off the plate of anyone", says the Republican lawmaker.
The plan is being slammed by both sides in Washington. Democrats say it hurts the poor, while fellow Republicans are angry the cuts are not deeper.