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YOUR THREE CENTS: Do you agree with a plan to cut $39-billion from the Food Stamp program?
The U.S. House voted Thursday 217-210 to cut $39 billion from the "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program" over 10 years.
That's the program that provides Food Stamps to millions of Americans.
But the house bill may not get through the Senate, which had approved much smaller cuts.
The White House has also threatened to veto any large cuts to food stamps.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, nearly four million people would be removed from the food stamp program under the House bill starting next year.
The Budget Office says after that, about three million a year would be cut off from the program.
A Census Bureau report released last week found that the program had kept about four million people above the poverty level and had prevented millions more from sinking further into poverty.
But the cost of food stamps has exploded over the past decade.
The Department of Agriculture says, the program served 17 million people in 2001... at a cost of just over $15 billion.
By June of this year, 47.8 million people were enrolled, and annual costs were about $75 billion.
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