House defeats bill to cut food stamps $4 billion a year as GOP moderates say cut is too high.

WASHINGTON - The House has rejected a bill that would cut food stamps by $4 billion a year as Republican moderates said the reduction is too high.

The XXX to XXX vote is a major defeat for GOP leaders, the second time the House has voted down cuts to the nutrition program. The House defeated a farm bill in June that would have made about half of the reductions included in the bill the House rejected Thursday.

Democrats united against the bill, which would have allowed states to put broad new work requirements in place for many food stamp recipients and to test applicants for drugs.

The bill also would end government waivers that have allowed able-bodied adults without dependents to receive food stamps indefinitely.

One in 7 Americans uses food stamps.