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Sep 18, 2013 5:51 PM by Associated Press

House GOP works for votes on food stamp measure

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican House leaders are working to line up votes for nearly $4 billion in food stamp cuts, but some GOP moderates are questioning if that is too much.

The savings would be achieved by allowing states to put broad new work requirements in place for many food stamp recipients and test applicants for drugs. The House is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday.

The bill also would end government waivers that have allowed able-bodied adults who don't have dependents to receive food stamps indefinitely.

Conservatives have said the almost $80 billion-a-year program has become bloated in recent years and needs to be slimmed down.

The White House has threatened a veto, saying the cuts could "affect a broad array of Americans who are struggling to make ends meet."

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