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House Approves $40 Billion Cut In Food Stamps

Posted by on Sep. 21, 2013 at 11:32 PM
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House Approves $40 Billion Cut In Food Stamps For The Poor



Washington - The Republican-run House of Representatives voted to cut spending on food stamps for the poor by $40 billion over 10 years on Thursday, defying a veto threat from the White House in the name of fiscal reform.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the driving force behind the legislation, said it was “wrong for working, middle-class people to pay” for abuse of the program, whose costs have skyrocketed in recent years.

Democrats pointed to nonpartisan estimates that the bill would end benefits to 4 million needy people in 2014.

Representatives passed the bill on a party-line vote, 217-200. Speaker John Boehner said passage would trigger long-awaited negotiations with the Democratic-controlled Senate over a new $500 billion farm bill, already a year overdue.

Senators voted in May for $4.5 billion in food stamp reductions, about 1/10th of the House proposal. With nutrition programs as the sticking point, analysts are skeptical that a compromise farm bill can be written that would pass in the sharply partisan Congress.

Debbie Stabenow, chairwoman of the Democrat-controlled Senate Agriculture Committee, called the House bill “a monumental waste of time” that would never become law.

“We have never before seen this kind of partisanship injected into a farm bill,” Stabenow said.

The White House on Wednesday threatened to veto the House bill to prevent damage to “one of our nation’s strongest defenses against hunger and poverty.”

A near-record 47.76 million people, or one of seven Americans - about 85 percent of them children, elderly or disabled - received food stamps at latest count.

House Agriculture Committee chairman Frank Lucas hailed the House bill for its “common sense reforms,” while other Republicans used harsher language.

Kevin Cramer of North Dakota decried a “culture of permanent dependency” associated with food stamps, whose proper name is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Rick Crawford of Arkansas said food stamps were “fraught with abuse.”

“There won’t be needy people taken off of this,” said Steve King, Iowa Republican. “This is a sincere effort to manage the budget.”

SNAP, which helps poor people buy food, is the largest U.S. anti-hunger program. Enrollment has doubled and costs have tripled since 2004. Benefits average $1.47 per meal per person with an aggregate cost of $78 billion last year.

To fiscal conservatives, the program is a costly taxpayer burden. Tea Party-influenced Republicans demanded deep cuts in it and blocked an earlier proposal to cut $20 billion over 10 years as insufficiently small.

“This legislation is preying on people. P-R-E-Y-I-N-G!” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, spelling the word out for emphasis.

The Cantor-backed package would limit able-bodied adults without dependents to three months of food stamps in a three-year period unless they worked part-time or were in a workfare or job-training program. It would end a provision, created by the 1996 welfare reform law, that allows states to give food stamps to people whose assets are larger than usually allowed.

Those two steps would save $39 billion over 10 years and reduce enrollment by almost 4 million people in 2014, said the Congressional Budget Office. Another reform would reduce benefits by $90 a month for 850,000 households.

Marcia Fudge, Democrat of Ohio, and other Democrats said there were not enough jobs, workfare assignments or job-training programs to match the number of people who could lose food stamps after three months.

“We all know there are three people for every available job in this country,” Fudge said.

Florida Republican Steve Southerland said, “Work is a blessing” and stricter eligibility rules would move poor people into jobs.

David Beckman, president of the charity Bread for the World, said the cuts included in the House bill, roughly $5 billion a year, were equal “to doing away with all the food charity in the country.”

Food-stamp defenders say continued high enrollment is a sign of the weak recovery from the 2007-09 economic recession, depressed wage growth and persisting high poverty and jobless rates.

While the Senate in May passed a comprehensive farm bill, with statutes ranging from crop subsidies and food stamps to conservation and rural development, the House, in an unprecedented move, divided its bill. Thursday’s bill was devoted to nutrition, the lion’s share of spending, and it earlier passed a smaller bill dealing with farm programs.

The split was a tactical victory for fiscal conservatives in the House because it is easier to cut spending when programs are isolated. Food stamps would face another review in three years and farm programs in five years under the House plan.

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tanyainmizzou
by Platinum Member on Sep. 21, 2013 at 11:34 PM
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I know

Murderers, rapists, and pedophiles can't get stamps.

Able bodied single adults have to look for jobs or volunteer to get stuff.

Denying stores that commit fraud can't accept them.


Terrible.

CountryMomma123
by Member on Sep. 21, 2013 at 11:45 PM
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I hope and pray to GOD that this gets vetoed by the President. There are to many people out there that need it and are using it like it should be. There are less people abusing it then not abusing it.

Aamy
by Silver Member on Sep. 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM
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Good. I mean if you cant feed 5/6 people on $1000. a month, theres an issue. And its not the Govs place to feed your family. The program is there to HELP. Not cover your WHOLE food budget. To many people are not willing to get a second or 3rd job if need be. Sadly it will hurt those that do use them correctly. 

tanyainmizzou
by Platinum Member on Sep. 21, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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But it isn't cuttting it for those that really need it.

Why should people who won't get up and work get it?

Quoting CountryMomma123:

I hope and pray to GOD that this gets vetoed by the President. There are to many people out there that need it and are using it like it should be. There are less people abusing it then not abusing it.


lga1965
by Ruby Member on Sep. 21, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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Well this should be interesting.
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muslimah
by on Sep. 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM

 I've known this guy for years who is on S.S.I. He's single, no kids, just him. They were giving him $200.00 a month a couple years or so back and he would still run out of food. I would take him groceries, his mom would cook and bring food over for him just to get him through the month. Last year he said they cut him back to $150.00 a month. And he really can't work to supplement it because is about as certified of a nut as you can get.

DSamuels
by Gold Member on Sep. 21, 2013 at 11:54 PM
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Yes, they cutting the growth in the program budget. Instead of the budget going up 10% it will go up 5%. The budget is still being increased, it's just a smaller increase. Gov't is the only place I know that calls a smaller increase a cut.
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CountryMomma123
by Member on Sep. 21, 2013 at 11:57 PM
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Yes it is. By $90 dollars a month. That is alot to someone that is trying to keep a roof over their family's head. And there are other ways to make people who are abusing it not want to sign up for it. Make them do community service or something like that. They do that here in Florida and they have had less people abusing it then not.

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

But it isn't cutting it for those that really need it.

Why should people who won't get up and work get it?

Quoting CountryMomma123:

I hope and pray to GOD that this gets vetoed by the President. There are to many people out there that need it and are using it like it should be. There are less people abusing it then not abusing it.



Let me be patient. Let me be humble. Let me be kind. Let me remember who I am, what I stand for and always lead with love! Let me be me.

tanyainmizzou
by Platinum Member on Sep. 21, 2013 at 11:58 PM
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Read the actual bill.  It isn't cutting people by 90 a month.  It is limiting the growth of it though.

Quoting CountryMomma123:

Yes it is. By $90 dollars a month. That is alot to someone that is trying to keep a roof over their family's head. And there are other ways to make people who are abusing it not want to sign up for it. Make them do community service or something like that. They do that here in Florida and they have had less people abusing it then not.

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

But it isn't cutting it for those that really need it.

Why should people who won't get up and work get it?

Quoting CountryMomma123:

I hope and pray to GOD that this gets vetoed by the President. There are to many people out there that need it and are using it like it should be. There are less people abusing it then not abusing it.




CountryMomma123
by Member on Sep. 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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So are you going to go and watch their kids so that they can get a second and third job. I think not. When I was on it I was getting almost 1000 a month and that help feed my family for the whole month with out money coming out of my pocket. I was also working and able to save money so that I could get off the Food Stamps. Which I did six months later. Not everyone has the money to pay for child care or for a babysitter. I did but not alot people do. So unless there is someone out there willing to help then out with that they are are never going to be able to get more then one job at time.

Quoting Aamy:

Good. I mean if you cant feed 5/6 people on $1000. a month, theres an issue. And its not the Govs place to feed your family. The program is there to HELP. Not cover your WHOLE food budget. To many people are not willing to get a second or 3rd job if need be. Sadly it will hurt those that do use them correctly. 


Let me be patient. Let me be humble. Let me be kind. Let me remember who I am, what I stand for and always lead with love! Let me be me.

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