October 27, 2013 8:07 pm -

Five billion dollars in food stamps cut will hit Friday, meaning less food on the table for millions of Americans.

Congress has the power to halt the cutback. However, experts say it’s highly unlikely at a time when Republicans are calling for even more drastic cuts to food stamps.

Food stamp benefits were bumped up in the midst of the recession. The temporary provision expires Nov. 1.

Some 47.6 million people, or nearly 15% of the population, get food stamps, according to September federal data. That compares to 26.3 million, or 8.7% of the population, in 2007.

The average benefit per person is $133.19 a month.

Congress, of course, will do nothing, and still blame Barack Obama for spending too much on the poor, even though the argument could now be made that tens of millions of Americans were denied help on his watch.