Should Congress reverse food stamp cuts?

Last week millions of Americans saw their food stamp allotments cut, as an increase included in the 2009 economic stimulus bill expired. The size of the cut for each family varies, but a typical  family of four that qualifies will get about $36 a month less. Overall, funding for the program in the current budget year will be reduced by $5 billion, or about 6 percent. Critics say the cut will hurt millions of Americans at a time when many are struggling to find work to feed their families. But supporters of the cut argue that overall spending on food stamps has more than doubled in the past five years, and Congress needs to get the program under control. Almost 48 million Americans, or 15 percent of the country, draw an average of $133 a month in food stamps. Should Congress reverse the cuts, or let them stand? Should Congress cut the program further? Talk about it!


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