Food stamp participation has increased at an annual rate of roughly 13 percent since 2008, the Washington Post notes.
And in an original version of a farm bill recently reviewed by the U.S. House of Representatives, the taxpayer-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) accounted for roughly $743.9 billion of the estimated $972.3 billion cost of the bill over the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Republicans stripped the SNAP portion from the farm bill earlier this week and voted 216-208 Thursday afternoon on a scaled-down version of the bill.
The SNAP-less bill will now head to the desk of President Obama for his signature. However, considering that the president threatened to veto any version of the bill that fails to renew funding for SNAP, it seems unlikely that the House’s food stamp-less farm bill will pass.
And just for reference, here’s a state-by-state look at participation in the taxpayer-funded multibillion-dollar program: