WASHINGTON — House Republicans narrowly pushed through a bill on Thursday that slashes billions of dollars from the food stamp program, over the objections of Democrats and a veto threat from President Obama. The vote set up what promised to be a contentious fight with the Senate and dashed hopes for passage this year of a new five-year farm bill.
The vote was 217 to 210.
Republican leaders said the bill would make needed changes to a program that has grown out of control.
Democrats, though, called the cuts to the food stamp program draconian and said millions of hungry people would lose their benefits.
“It’s a sad day in the people’s House when the leadership brings to the floor one of the most heartless bills I have ever seen,” said Representative James McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts. “Its terrible policy trapped in a terrible process.”