White House Threatens Veto Of House Food Stamps Bill

The Obama administration issued Wednesday a veto threat against a House Republican bill that would cut food stamps by nearly $40 billion over 10 years.

“These cuts would affect a broad array of Americans who are struggling to make ends meet, including working families with children, senior citizens, veterans, and adults who are still looking for work,” the administration said in an official policy statement. “Slashing (foods tamps) also weakens our nation’s farm and rural economies.”

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that up to 3.8 million would lose their benefits under the bill. A House floor vote is expected Thursday.