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Will the GOP's Plan to Cut Off Food Stamps Put People to Work?

A customer using food stamps at a supermarket in Brooklyn
A customer using food stamps at a supermarket in BrooklynPhotograph by Andrew Henderson/The New York Times via Redux

Updated with the results of Thursday’s vote.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is seeking passage of a bill that would kick able-bodied Americans off food stamps. The legislation, which is slated to come up for a vote on the House floor Thursday, would reduce spending on food stamps by $39 billion over 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. An estimated 2.8 million people would lose eligibility for food stamps in an average year over the coming decade under two main provisions of the bill. (Update: The bill passed the House Thursday with 217 Republican votes — exactly the number needed. Every Democrat voted no, along with 15 Republicans.)