Bloomberg by the Numbers: $39 Billion

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A federal food stamps card in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

That’s how much food-stamp benefit programs would be cut over 10 years under a bill the House passed yesterday.

The Republican-led House yesterday advanced the bill on a 217-210 vote, with Republicans providing all of the “yes” votes. Fifteen Republicans joined with all 195 voting Democrats in opposition.

The measure would “roll back automatic eligibility programs and restrict state waivers of work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents,” Bloomberg’s Derek Wallbank reported in a Bloomberg Government bill summary. The bill would stop food-stamp benefits next year for an estimated 3.8 million people, Wallbank reported.

The Democratic-run Senate wouldn’t pass the bill and the White House has promised a veto by President Barack Obama.

The bill is H.R. 3102.

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