Arkansas lawmakers back cuts to food stamp program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' four congressmen have voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from the food stamp program, a 5 percent reduction to the nation's main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans.

Republican Reps. Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack voted on Thursday for the legislation that would reduce the program by $40 billion during the next decade. The measure passed the House by a 217-210 vote.

Republicans earlier this year advocated stripping the food stamp program to be voted on separately from the farm bill.

The bill's savings would be achieved by allowing states to put broad new work requirements in place for many food stamp recipients and to test applicants for drugs. Democrats have said the cuts will hit the poor hard.

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