(CBS) — A pair of liberal lawmakers are pledging opposition to conservative plans for $40 billion in cuts to the food stamp program over the next ten years.

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Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky warn that cuts in the food stamp or SNAP program will eject 10 million people from the food assistance rolls.

“Over the years I have been disappointed by some of my colleagues characterize SNAP benefits as ‘welfare queens’ and ‘welfare Cadillacs.’ I have traveled across this state and heard the stories of families and parents that need this food assistance. They are our neighbors, they are hard-working people, some of whom have lost a job,” said Durbin.

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Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky says she’s been talking to some folks with jobs who are on food stamps.

“Workers at fast-food chains, McDonald’s and Burger King and Wendy’s, I feel like I am subsidizing them. I am talking about the companies, because they don’t pay their workers enough so they have to come to the government and ask for help. So who are the freeloaders here? ” said Schakowsky.

Rep. Schakowsky says the current SNAP budget is $80 billion, and conservatives want to cut that by four billion dollars a year.

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She says that will mean an end to food stamps for as many as 10 million Americans, 2 million in Illinois and pledged to battle the budget cutting initiative.