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Ga. Congressman reacts to food stamp cuts

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A U.S. Congressman from Georgia is giving his take on the food stamp changes.

Congressman Jack Kingston – who has represented southeast Georgia for the last 20 years – says he's concerned because the number of people on food stamps has almost tripled since 2000.

$5 billion was just cut from federal food stamp spending.     

Congressman Kingston says he wants to encourage people to work, not stay at home.

"If you are on public assistance or food stamps and you're able-bodied, you should be required to have a job, and if we do that," said Congressman Kingston. "Then for people who truly need food stamps, we'll have plenty of money to go around."

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as SNAP) costs about $ 80 billion per year, a cost that has doubled in the last five years.

Congressman Kingston says more jobs need to be created, for people on food stamps.

He is now running for U.S. Senate, to fill Saxby Chambliss' seat.

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