Senator Susan Collins say a proposal in Congress to slash food stamps funding would hurt Mainers who need it most.
House lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that would make around $4 billion dollars in cuts each year to the almost $80 billion dollar-a-year food stamp program.
Maine is among the top five states with the biggest share of people on food stamps at 18-percent.
Collins says the program needs to be reformed but the proposed cuts are too deep.
“We have a lot of elderly people living in rural Maine who really depend on food stamps in order to get proper nutrition. We also have a lot of children living in poor families that are also dependent on food stamps. ”
Collins predicts the Senate will reject the cuts to the food stamp program.