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Gibson votes against food stamp cuts

Sep 20, 2013 12:10 am
Kinderhook-based conservative Chris Gibson was one of just 15 Republicans voting against $40 billion in food stamps cuts over ten years that passed the U.S House on Thu., Sept. 19, 217-210. No Democrats voted for Roll Call 476. "According to the Congressional Budget Office, nearly 4 million people would be removed from the food stamp program under the House bill starting next year. The budget office said after that, about 3 million a year would be cut off from the program," according to The New York Times. Part of the Farm Bill that expires Oct. 1, the bill moves next to the U.S. Senate. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, released this statement after the vote:
"The House GOP has decided to pass a bill that cuts $40 billion from food stamps, directly punishing the hungry. Millions more won’t be able to put food on the table if this draconian legislation were to become law. I will urge my Senate colleagues to stand together and fight these cuts in conference.”