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More food stamp cuts are coming and Obama is going to most likely sign the bill

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         Brooklyn residents receive free food as part of a Bowery Mission outreach program on December 5, 2013.
Brooklyn residents receive free food as part of a Bowery Mission outreach program on December 5, 2013.
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Congress passes $8.7 billion food stamp cut

02/04/14 03:13 PM-Updated 02/04/14 04:28 PM

UPDATED

It's official: 850,000 households across the country are set to lose an average of $90 per month in food stamp benefits.

The Senate on Tuesday voted 68-32 to send the 2014 Farm Bill - which includes an $8.7 billion cut to food stamps - to President Obama's desk. Nine Democrats opposed the bill, and 46 members of the Democratic caucus voted for it, joining 22 Republicans.

The House passed the law by a similarly commanding margin last Wednesday. After the House vote, White House press secretary Jay Carney made clear that the president would sign off on the legislation.

"We are pleased by the progress that we've seen," Carney said last week. "As you know, the president made clear last fall that this was something that he believed Congress needed to and could act in a bipartisan way to get done. Obviously we're not there yet. Final legislation has not reached his desk. So we await that happening and hope it does. If the bill, as it is currently designed, reaches his desk, he would sign it."

In a statement released shortly after the Senate approved the law, President Obama applauded the "strong bipartisan vote."

"As with any compromise, the Farm Bill isn't perfect - but on the whole, it will make a positive difference not only for the rural economies that grow America's food, but for our nation," he said.

 

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Members of the House had previously proposed a cut of either $20.5 billion or $39 billion to food stamps. Obama threatened to veto both of those proposals, but he has been silent regarding the impending $8.7 billion cut.

Only 15 states, plus Washington, D.C., will be affected by that cut, which targets a specific state-level policy sometimes used to calculate food stamp benefits. Up to 30% of the cuts could come out of New York state alone. New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted against the bill Tuesday.

"This bill will result in less food on the table for children, seniors and veterans who deserve better from this Congress while corporations continue to receive guaranteed federal handouts," she said in a statement last week.

Republicans have insisted that the food stamp cuts were at best a step in the right direction. The conservative Club for Growth sent out a statement last Tuesday advising members of Congress to vote against the bill in part because it included language on food stamps at all.

"True reform would also include implementing a plan to devolve the food stamp program to the states and eventually eliminate federal agricultural subsidies," the statement said.

But most senators, on both sides of the aisle, hailed the farm bill's $8.7 billion cut as a significant, albeit imperfect, achievement. During Monday's floor debate over cloture, North Dakota Democratic Sen. John Hoeven said the compromise "really is fair to both sides." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he looked forward to "a strong bipartisan vote on cloture tonight and the passage of the bill tomorrow."

"It cuts the [food stamp] program far more than I would have cut it ... but it's time that we move forward," said Washington Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell during a fl

Congress passes $8.7 billion food stamp cut

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all2gethernow
by Silver Member on Feb. 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM
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I saw that. Craziness will ensue.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 4, 2014 at 5:44 PM
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Well, it can't keep giving money it doesn't have.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 4, 2014 at 5:47 PM
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For my family that will mean dh and I just skipping even more meals so we can make sure our kids can eat

Edit...Dh was hurt at work and just had surgery workers comp pays very little...I just went back after being a sahm to a disabled child so right now I don't make much
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 4, 2014 at 5:47 PM
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Well, I guess those on PA will have to find a job or a second job.....Government can't give what it doesn't have.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Do you and your husband work?

Quoting Anonymous: For my family that will mean dh and I just skipping even more meals so we can make sure our kids can eat


Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 4, 2014 at 5:49 PM
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Oh, boo hoo. They should also put a lifetime limit on it in ALL states, not just some.

MrsDavidB25
by Stacey on Feb. 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM
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 Well, good.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM
That's nice. I only get 15 per month anyway. Wtfs the difference?
MMIC
by Gold Member on Feb. 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM
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With what money? Babysitters are needed who will pay for that?

Quoting Anonymous:

Well, I guess those on PA will have to find a job or a second job.....Government can't give what it doesn't have.

P.V.Hawkwind
by Ruby Member on Feb. 4, 2014 at 5:51 PM
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*Takes a seat*
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