Indiana Congressman Supports Food Stamp Cuts

Indiana's third District Congressman is supporting a measure that would decrease the amount of people who qualify for food stamps.

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A higher number of Americans have been relying on food stamps since the recession.

Indiana 3rd District Congressman Marlin Stutzman is supporting a House committee’s move this week to cut back the nation’s food stamp program.

The House Agriculture Committee floated changes to the food stamp program that would reduce the number of families that qualify after September 1. It would also tighten enforcement of rules that require households to spend their financial assets before they qualify.

Congressman Stutzman says the changes would save $33 billion over the next 10 years by closing loopholes and getting rid of overlaps in job training programs.

“With high unemployment right now obviously there is more demand,” he says. “But we also want sure that the program is used for people who really need it, and we’ve seen stories of abuse.”

Stutzman is a member of the House Agriculture Committee. The House rolled out a series of domestic budget cuts this week in an effort to maintain current defense spending without raising taxes.

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