Essentially all House Democrats sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, stating their opposition to the $40 billion in cuts to the food stamp program being proposed by Republicans. A bill that would impose the cuts in the program is expected to be brought up for a vote in September.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., says the proposal restricts eligibility to the program and installs new work requirements and restrictions that would rein in program abuse.

While the bill may get enough votes to pass in the House, there is essentially no chance that it will become law. The latest data show that 47.6 million people are receiving benefits under the food stamp program (now called SNAP).