Republicans Slash Food Stamps Just Because

In a largely symbolic vote that demonstrates the depths of Republican animosity toward the poor, a U.S. congressional panel approved about $33 billion in cuts over 10 years from food stamp benefits.

The cuts were advanced by the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee and are expected to die in the Senate, but not without first making sure Republicans get the chance to stick it to the poor at the expense of corporate industry. That’s because the committee’s proposal to tighten rules for qualifying for food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, and repeal a 2009 increase to the program’s funding instead of reducing subsidies for farmers in the form of crop insurance payments.

Just how bad is the Republican proposal? Conservative Democrat and frequent-aisle crosser Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) was among the first to speak out against the cuts. “I would contend this entire process is a waste of time”. “Taking a meat ax to nutrition programs that feed millions of hard-working families in an effort to avoid defense cuts is not a serious way to achieve deficit reduction,” he said.

It’s also bad enough that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who think American nuns spend too much time focusing on anti-poverty initiatives, stepped in as well, writing to lawmakers on Monday asking that they preserve the funding. The nonprofit Food Research and Action Center said on its website on Wednesday that the restrictions could push up to 3 million people out of the food stamp program.

The committee pushed the cuts even though Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R) House-passed budget claims $30 billion in savings over 10 years could come from rolling back direct payments to farmers and crop insurance thereby leaving the real food subsidies intact. Of course,  farmers vote in important states for Republicans come November while poor Americans, given the scope of voter ID laws sweeping the country, clearly don’t represent the same electoral threat.

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104 comments

Mae T.
Mae T.3 years ago

give me a break some people need fs. everyone rec'ing them isn,t abusing the sytem .

Dawn F.
Dawn F.3 years ago

Theresa F- I am with you on this.

Lynx Peterson
Lynx P.3 years ago

The Republican party is also known as the "christian" party. Clearly the christian "right" values money over people. Things like sharing, cooperation, caring and respect for the elderly, children, the sick and the poor are deemed evil "communist" actions by these christians who daydream that they alone are worth anything because of what their church they pay teaches them.

teresa f.
teresa floyd3 years ago

For those of you who think the people on foodstamps is enjoying it and just sitting around doing nothing here is a news flash for you. WE DON'T WANT TO BE ON FOOD STAMPS.
Don't some of you people know that there are elder people,disabled people,and poor people,who can not afford to pay for there food,and don't you think if they could they would.
Hey go ahead and cut foodstamps because I will be the first person knocking at your door asking for your food.
Go one month without food,o.k. with just aliitle food then we will talk,but until then LEAVE THE FOOD STAMPS ALONE PEOPLE LIKE ME NEED THEM.
Or I will be at your door along with a whole bunch of 'MY FRIENDS' couple million to be exact

federico bortoletto

grazie delle notizie.

federico bortoletto

Grazie delle notizie.

federico bortoletto

Grazie delle notizie.

Lori B.
Lori B.3 years ago

ok, i understand that a lot of people don't like it when someone sits around all day and get food stamps. Jealously kicks in.

Instead of "hand outs" could they reduce food stamp funding and offer free day care, fully fund our entire education system, free health care, free utilities, create jobs, etc.. then people would not be getting actual "free money", but they would not have to pay for necessary services that usually is what caused them to qualify for food stamps in the first place? Kind of a way to keep greater control on what the programs money is actually spent on?

I just see that our govt just throws a little bit of money around to thousands of programs to just shut people up, but everything is so half ass that they don't really do any good. Start from the ground up and fully fund the programs that truly reduce poverty.
EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, JOBS!!!

Lori B.
Lori B.3 years ago

ok, i understand that a lot of people don't like it when someone sits around all day and get food stamps. Jealously kicks in.

Instead of "hand outs" could they take food stamp funding and offer free day care, fully fund our entire education system, free health care, create jobs, etc.. then people would not be getting actual "free money", but they would not have to pay for necessary services that usually is what caused them to qualify for food stamps in the first place?

I just see that our govt just throws a little bit of money around to thousands of programs to just shut people up, but everything is so half ass that they don't really do any good. Start from the ground up and fully fund the programs that truly reduce poverty.
EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, JOBS!!!

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

Justine-It's called cognitive dissonance.