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Plan to slash food stamp benefits passes House, divides NC delegation

By a 217-210 [1] margin, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve some $40 billion in cuts over the next 10 years to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program know as SNAP. Supporters argued the sweeping reforms would encourage people to find work, while critics said the legislation would deny food stamp benefits to 3.8 million Americans starting in 2014.

Only 15 Republicans voted against slashing the food assistance benefits, including Rep. Walter Jones of Pitt County, where the unemployment rate stands at 9.6 percent. Jones released a statement following the vote, noting that the bill would disproportionately harm children, seniors and disabled adults:

“The sad fact is that instead of cutting off a lifeline for millions of Americans, we could save equally as much money by eliminating foreign aid for just one year.  In my opinion, that is the approach we ought to be taking.”

Here’s how the rest of North Carolina’s House delegation voted Thursday:

Rep. Renee Ellmers – 2nd District
Rep. Virginia Foxx – 5th District
Rep. Howard Coble – 6th District
Rep. Richard Hudson – 8th DistrictSNAPvote [2]
Rep. Robert Pittenger – 9th District
Rep. Patrick McHenry – 10th District
Rep. Mark Meadows – 11th District
Rep. George Holding – 13th District

Rep. G.K. Butterfield – 1st District
Rep. Walter Jones – 3rd District
Rep. David Price – 4th District
Rep. Mike McIntyre – 7th District
Rep. Mel Watt – 12th District

The measure now moves to the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate.