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House Budget Plan Expected to Pass Next Week

– House budget plan expected to pass next week. The House Budget Committee approved Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) Fiscal 2015 budget plan, sending it to the floor for a vote next week. The panel backed the proposal, 22-16. Republicans defeated 24 Democratic amendments that would restore spending for domestic programs and endorse immigration, minimum wage and unemployment insurance proposals. House GOP leaders expect the budget resolution to pass on the House floor. The resolution would call for $5.1 trillion in cuts to federal spending over the next decade, and would adhere to the outlines of the budget deal struck last year by Ryan and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.). Sixty-two House Republicans voted against that compromise in December. The House budget plan will not be considered in the Senate. Still, the House budget plan proposes $125 billion cut in five years to food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The resolution also recommends turning SNAP into a state-run block grant program. The proposal calls for an expansion of SNAP work and job training requirements to receive aid from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program. Republicans defended the plan's attempt to block-grant SNAP and turn it over to the states to run. “The best way to get people off of food stamps is to get them a good job,” said Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.). “So I hope my colleagues will support this budget, which provides tax reform and repeals the president’s health care law, which is killing jobs.”

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