The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed along party lines a measure Thursday night slashing food stamp spending by $40 million.
The bill passed 217-210, with two Democrats voting for the bill and one Republican voting against it. All five of Kentucky’s Republican congressmen voted for the measure; Democrat John Yarmuth voted no.
Among those 217 aye votes was Kentucky’s 5th District Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee who represents the second poorest congressional district in the country. Just last month, Rogers told CNHI that, “I’m going to protect that program, whatever it takes.”
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