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House food stamp bill could cut benefits to 150,000 in Wisconsin

MADISON (WKOW) -- U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI-2) is warning his constituents that the House of Representatives is set to approve a bill that would cut $40 million out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps, over the next ten years.

Rep. Pocan's office released numbers saying that 150,000 people in Wisconsin would lose benefits and that 4,000 children would be at risk for losing free or reduced lunch at school.

But the bill's Republican backers say the measure will help reform the SNAP program in order to get the aid to those who need it most, without as much waste and abuse.  It would make it much harder for "able-bodied adults" without children to get benefits.

The Democratic-led Senate passed its own bill on SNAP reform, which cuts just $4.5 million from the program, mostly in administrative expenses.

If the House passes its bill, it will have to then negotiate a compromise with the Senate.

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