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Farm Bill Passes in House, Without Food Stamp Funding


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Carrie
- 468 days ago - washingtonpost.com
House Republicans successfully passed a Farm Bill Thursday by splitting apart funding for food stamps from federal agricultural policy, a move that infuriated the White House and congressional Democrats who spent most of the day trying to delay a final...



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Roseann D. (178)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:17 pm
So much for them being a pro-life party, eh? Pro-fetus, anti-child! Once you're actually born, too bad, welcome to the rat race, little suckas!
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:18 pm
A related petition from Feeding America is at:
https://secure.feedingamerica.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=105
 

Sue Matheson (72)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:19 pm
thanks
 

Suheyla C. (229)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:32 pm
Thanks
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:33 pm

Some people never know when to shut up:

"The bill we passed today, on the ag side, is very, very similar" to the Senate bill, said Davis, a member of the House Agriculture Committee. "It has the same cost savings of $20.5 billion. We go in and we work out some differences, find some common sense solutions on the ag side and I think it's very possible. If the Democrats decide in the Senate that we don't want to conference the food and nutrition side, I think it will be pretty easy."
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-07-11/house-oks-scaled-down-farm-bill.html

If it passed it should be considered deficient to meet the needs of farmers.
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:36 pm
this is very upsetting!!!
 

Carrie B. (309)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:44 pm
Thank you JL . Here is the active link to the petition~though I'm not sure how much good it will do now.
Tell Congress To Protect Anti-Hunger Programs!
 

Christeen Anderson (513)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:51 pm
They should be ashamed..................
 

AntiTeapublican Progressive News (89)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 5:01 pm
Why do Teapublicans hate poor and needy people so much? When election tune rolls around I hope people are awake for a change and vote these criminals out of office!
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 5:04 pm
Thanks.
 

Sue H. (7)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 5:20 pm
Shameful.
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 5:24 pm
Well, if the White House is" infuriated," perhaps its tenant will grow some brass!
Perhaps he will go on the record about how the Repugs clearly show NO concern for real "Family Values," nor anything but the "money men" whom they kiss up to
 

Barbara K. (83)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 5:26 pm
What these republicans need is to go without food for a couple of years and they would have their eyes open, but then, they are soulless hogs out for themselves and don't give a crap about the rest of the people in this country. I hope everyone remembers this come election time and get off the butts and get out and vote, and vote in the primaries too. We need to use that right while we still have it.
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 5:30 pm

Should we all pretend to be surprised when the next bill is all about how we must ditch all people in need food?

 

. (0)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 5:35 pm
The Republicans live in a different world. People in the real world need to quit voting for the evil monsters.

Signed the petition mentioned, thanks.
 

David C. (29)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 5:35 pm
I think that they think that there no money to be made out of the poor!
 

Gloria picchetti (296)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 6:19 pm
My heart is in my throat.
 

Carole K. (199)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 7:16 pm
Noted & posted to Facebook; had signed the petition previously. The harsh reality is that homeless &/or starving children don't/ can't vote or have any voice in what happens to them. But, YOU do have a vote. Make it count for all the disadvantaged children in this nation, Land of Plenty. My stomach is churning @the thought of this!
 

Eternal Gardener (743)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 7:21 pm
Now I know for sure... the US is regressing to an aggressive anti-life undeveloped nation.
 

Laurie H. (718)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 7:21 pm
Thank you Carrie for posting this news, didn't know this occurred. This news is extremely unsettling at the very least. Every time a new Bill is passed, we need to hold our breath, cause they may want to take that from us next!!!!! ~~~
 

Birgit W. (147)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 7:56 pm
Sadly noted, thank you Carrie.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 8:06 pm
Good news is...one of my friend whi is a pro-choice moderate Repub hates today's GOP and their self-sabotaging policies. Yay!
 

Farah Hage Ali (161)
Friday July 12, 2013, 12:03 am
noted, thank you for sharing
 

Aud nordby (718)
Friday July 12, 2013, 12:43 am
N&S
 

Angelika R. (143)
Friday July 12, 2013, 3:02 am
After it failed in first attempt in June they now pushed this version through, had to be expected. Now what will Obama do after he threatened to veto any such insufficient bill? Thx Carrie.
 

Candy L. (479)
Friday July 12, 2013, 3:31 am
There only Pro Life before the babies are born, after there born they don't give a F! Remember the 47% are takers & voted for Obama this is there way of getting back at anyone who doesn't think like them. It's all about conTROLL Still lump people getting food stamps with welfare, & they hate that.
 

Michael Carney (211)
Friday July 12, 2013, 3:32 am
These Republicans, are far scarier, than any Islamic Terrorists in the World.., I understand Politics, however I just don't understand how when people are starving they don't want to help them...However they'll fight to the last Man on making sure Banks, and Oil Companies get more tax breaks...They are terrorizing their own people...That I don't get...
 

John Gregoire (257)
Friday July 12, 2013, 4:39 am
In a way I support this. We very much need to decouple legislation. Taht's how most of the things we despise are slipped through. A bill should be single purpose and that purpose clear. Adding any social program to the ag bill makes no sense. We should be examining the ag aspects and cutting all those wonderful subsidies; the Senate and House versions make a small sta at that.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (388)
Friday July 12, 2013, 4:53 am
Noted. Thanks Carrie. Very angering!
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Friday July 12, 2013, 5:00 am
Wasn't social justice a slogan in OCCUPY movement? Occupy congress.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Friday July 12, 2013, 5:03 am

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Carrie because you have done so within the last day.
 

Patrick Donovan (319)
Friday July 12, 2013, 5:47 am
If we don't vote in each and every election - local, state, & national - then we are stuck. Both primary elections and general elections are vital.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Friday July 12, 2013, 6:43 am
All of Congress should have to actually live with the laws they make - let everyone of them live on food stamps for awhile and see what they think then. Monsters.
 

Dandelion G. (380)
Friday July 12, 2013, 6:56 am
Thank you for taking action. Your message has been sent to:
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Marco Rubio

The latter is a Tea Party darling that is being groomed to get those hispanic and latino votes, not that they like those people but they like those votes. I hope some clear leadership comes out of the hispanic and the latino communities to let the people know that fact.

Abdessalam, coming from a Country whose people DO Stand Up for what they want in Policies, you are so very correct. We SHOULD be Occupying Congress. David placed an article on C2 that gave some information as to why in this Country that has not yet happened and steps to move beyond that stagnant place. For those who would like to view it the hotlink is below:
Where The Hell Is the Outrage

Roseann, too soon to give you a green star for your as usual right to the point but hits the nail on the head comment.

It has been a sad road to watch a Country that in the 1950's had a strong middle class who commanded some of the highest wages in the world. There were improvements that had to be made in Civil Rights, Stopping the War, Women's Rights, and LBGT Rights, but we, as a society worked very hard on those in the sixties and seventies.

Obviously, those with other ideas didn't like that fact and now are pushing us back to the Robber Baron days.
I suppose they will not be happy until we are back to living 10 to 12 to a room when Jacob A. Riis took his own camera and showed the people "How The Other Half Lives" in the 1880's. Before the Child Labor Laws, and a wage that would at the end of the day also feed everyone in the family. This was before worker safety laws and Housing Safety that people could have at least a window in the room which they lived.
How The Other Half Lives

We, as a people, as a Society, didn't obtain all that we've known by those with the Money offering it to our ancestors. It had to be obtained by Standing Up and Fighting for it! After our ancestors asked nice, and tried to show the sense into doing the "correct" things, sometimes it requires more. They stood in Solidarity and took the beatings, cried at night and licked their wounds to go back out the next day. Because if they didn't there would be more Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fires.
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

That those in the Mills In Lawrence Mass had to send their children to NYC to be cared for by strangers who were sympathetic to the plight of those women who were standing up to the unjust labor practices. That to keep their children from being beaten with them at least the children would be safe. However as the children were being boarded on the train the thugs hired by the Mill Bosses were still beating those children and the women.

They stood strong and March under the Banner of Bread and Roses a speech given by Rose Schneiderman .
Bread and Roses

These GREEDY HEARTLESS ONES

WILL LET YOUR CHILDREN DIE OF HUNGER AND SIT IN BROKEN SCHOOLS WITH NO BOOKS.

LET THE ELDERS FADE ALONE IN COLD DWELLINGS, WITHOUT MEDICAL CARE, OR FOOD.

WILL......Continue to feed the War Machine with their bodies or use them for Slave Labor in Prisons.

As the Coal Miners fought, a Union Leaders wife was terrorized by those who would want her husband to back off. She wrote this song:
Which Side Are You On

I think the people of this Country best figure out right quick which side they are on. There has been a steady claw back and a propaganda machine to convince those who can least afford it to support the HEARTLESS ONES agendas.

If you don't, then expect to see the worse........as they say, you ain't seen nothing yet. I don't want to go to those Dark Places.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Friday July 12, 2013, 7:14 am
Very well said Sheryl. A green star on its way to you.
 

Gene Jacobson (255)
Friday July 12, 2013, 7:15 am
Well, it isn't going to matter in the long run. The Senate will never accept this bill in this form. The House knows that. This is just more of their "hate everyone who isn't 1%" and all children after birth policies. That they think people won't remember this next year is the biggest mistake these teapublican's have made yet. Polls show a good majority of the American people do not want SNAP destroyed, because so many use it (Wal Mart employees for instance) who are not single, unwed mothers who teapublican's hate most of all, but also many veteran's, elderly, disabled and what I call the working poor - the ones who do not work for Wal Mart - the fools have built next year's campaign for the Democrats, we are NOT the party who hates everyone who isn't rich or unborn. And the gop is. They can't hide from their record and that alone is enough to beat them. Certainly in 2016 when we elect a new president AND all of those teapublican senator's elected in 2010 have to run again - if they dare. In the meanwhile, one can only hope reason prevails ultimately because real people are suffering in this country and SNAP is the only thing keeping them from starvation. We aspire to be sub Saharan Africa now? This is the American dream? Only for the 1% and their puppets, the republican party.
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Friday July 12, 2013, 9:23 am
Then they have the chutzpah to ask why we need food banks.
 

Terrie Williams (774)
Friday July 12, 2013, 9:40 am
Signed, noted and shared. They do not care if they starve the new-born, the young, the infirm or the elderly. They got their kickbacks, how you doin'........They are NOT 'pro-life' they are pro-birth, after birth, they don't give a crap. So, they ought to be called such, not pro-life but pro-BIRTHERS. They make me sick. Hope the big factory farms/ranches enjoy their largess....at the expence and probably the very LIVES of the poor, the disadvantaged and the old......I hope they choke on it.
 

Jason R. (60)
Friday July 12, 2013, 1:45 pm
Inhumane!!!

Jason:

Who are Republicans? They just told us. House Republicans voted to pass a multibillion-dollar subsidy for agribusiness while eliminating support for food stamps.

That's not hyperbole. It happened. They chose to do it.

This wasn't intended as legislation. It was a declaration of identity. This is who they are. We knew Republicans fight to block any tax hikes for millionaires. We knew they want to privatize Social Security. Now we know they are ready to take food from the mouths of hungry people.

47 million Americans receive food stamps. Nearly half are children under 18; nearly 10% are impoverished seniors. Republicans said they were "extraneous" to the farm bill. But they did nothing to protect those they kicked off the bus.

The 216 House Republicans who voted for this bill must be held accountable. Their constituents must learn of the choice they just made. Campaign for America's Future will take this story directly to media in their districts. For that we need your help.
 

Esther Z. (96)
Friday July 12, 2013, 2:02 pm
Why would anyone be surprised by the GOP's total disregard for the poor, the elderly and the children, all demographics that don't really have a voice or a vote, or should I say, a voice or vote that doesn't really matter since there is no money to back it up? For those who still don't get it, the Repugs ONLY represent corporate interests, no ifs, or buts!
 

Edwin M. (366)
Friday July 12, 2013, 2:28 pm
Thank you Carrie
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Friday July 12, 2013, 5:09 pm
Like Gene, I believe it will not be accepted by the Senate and even if it did would be vetoed. Anti Teapublican Progressive, they hate poor and needy people so much because they consider them lazy parasites. Why they can't see that the poor and needy are working their butts off while it is the rich bankers who are the lazy parasites, I do not understand.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Friday July 12, 2013, 5:13 pm
Oh, and by the way, they are doing their best to disenfranchise the poor and needy. I'll say it again, we will need everyone who possibly can in 2014 and 2016 for sure and probably longer, to help get out the vote and help poor people avoid being disenfranchised.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday July 12, 2013, 5:19 pm
Well said Roseann.

Thank you Carrie.

~L.
 

Angelene B. (145)
Friday July 12, 2013, 5:43 pm
dummies!
 

David C. (29)
Friday July 12, 2013, 10:00 pm
You like to stop this dead, tell the GOP that Obama thinks this is a great plan, then your see the GOP falling over to change the bill.
Some people have ask why are they doing this, its easy, if you take away food stamps, the poor will work two or three very low paid jobs, this will then make more money for their masters, and also as they are paying out (as the old die) less money they can make the masters more happy by giving them bigger tax cuts.
 

John D. (44)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 7:25 am
Did we really expect any other results? These repubes will stop at nothing until they control all state level houses and as much as the federal level as possible. The problem occurs when those who oppose this type of legislation sit on their a... during mid term elections or during the presidential cycle and do not vote. In my state NC the dems do not vote on off year elections and they got hammered this past time and the repubes not control both houses and the gov office...
 

Susanne R. (249)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 7:35 am
From the article:

"House Republican leaders rushed late Wednesday to set up Thursday’s vote after securing sufficient support among rank-and-file members. The decision comes as many rural-state Republicans are facing pressure from constituents for so far failing to approve the legislation."

Does anyone have to guess who these "constituents" are?

-and-

"No House Democrat voted for the measure. Twelve Republicans also opposed it. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) voted in favor of it, even though speakers traditionally don’t vote."

Just one more reason to unseat Agent Orange as soon as we possibly can! He REALLY wanted to get this one through! I guess his "constituency" doesn't include any struggling families with hungry children! And to think that this blowhard was one of 12 children...
 

Dandelion G. (380)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 7:50 am
I hope John D. that this is the apathetic's wake up call. If you don't participate you get what you get and it might not be anything you want.
 

Val R. (244)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 11:51 am
Thanks goodness that my partner is great at buying at sales and doing the cooking. Plus we grew a lot of squash the past 2 years ad have some canned - none this year which is goo but green beans - when you get $16 in food stamps monthly you need to be creative -
 

Allan Yorkowita (445)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 10:06 am
When an underage girl with a baby, can collect $250. a month in stamps, there is a problem. This child is already receiving medicade benefits to support the baby: doctor care, formulas, DIAPERS. The stamp money? It went to soda and chips for breakfast, cheap jewelery, the monthly tv DISH bill...
I taught for years in a large urban district, I know what I'm talking about.
 

Dandelion G. (380)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 3:28 pm
In the dinosaur days, when this program first was implemented, there were people such as myself that use to go to the homes and help people understand good nutrition and how to prepare meals, how to budget their stamps. I think is was a marvelous idea, for not everyone has the same background growing up on how to eat balance meals or how to budget. Most people were grateful for the help and those who had a handle on it we could remove ourselves and go to the next family.

But with the creep of Corporate in, and the take away of the Human, in the Human Service Dept. that Food Stamps or as it's now referred to as SNAP which is another play on words to lower the amount of stamps given, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, meaning you are being supplemented, it's not suppose to cover your month of groceries; so lower and lower it will go. Anyways, without the Human intervention you see with some people the situation you mention Allan. However, most people do not offer chips and soda for breakfast, you can't purchase non food items with the EBT cards, it won't ring through for cheap jewelry and monthly cable.

So what is the alternative, that if a baby is born to an underage Mother we do what, simply let the baby and child starve? Maybe if the Corporations would pay some taxes we could go back to what it use to be and have people really help the uniformed to rise to a better place. All the Social Worker positions that were cut out in this Society has allowed a lot of what people grip about, but no-one seemed to understand we were the front line troops. Again, a penny saved by not hiring us, and a pound foolish in what is now not managed as well as it could. As a Country we can't have it both ways.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 1:54 am
Noted, thanks.
 
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