This week, the House and Senate agriculture committees are considering reducing the size of the program.
Legislation approved by the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday would cut about $2.5 billion a year–that’s about 3 percent of the food stamp budget.
The Department of Human Services says the cuts would come at a bad time.
“We’ve had a kind of leveling out in our case loads in the last couple of months which is a good sign but we’ve had like a one percent reduction in our food stamp case load which isn’t big,” said Richard Witwer, Department of Human Services.
One in seven Americans are currently using the food stamp program.
The House could vote on the bill as soon as this summer.