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Rep. Speier Holds Up Vodka and Steak on House Floor to Shame Food Stamp Opponents (TEXT and VIDEO)

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Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) on Thursday held up steak, vodka and caviar during her House floor speech in an effort to shame the GOP who want to slash $40 billion from the food stamp budget, while they continue to go on "lavish" trips financed by taxpayers..

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JL A (281)
Friday September 20, 2013, 6:59 pm
Good for Jackie Speier! She did the same type of thing when faced with similar outrages in the CA Legislature.

Kit B (276)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:06 pm

She made a good effort but this was not about truth or honesty this is about a show. Not one of these Congress people believe that crap they are spraying out as an excuse to harm people, they are knowingly using that poor ole non-existent "Welfare Queen" with endless pablum about waste and cheating. In fact the SNAP program is a close as one can come to being free of any opportunity to scam. I read one estimate that overall there might be as much as one one thousandth of one percent that is fraud. That is not something the Congress does not know. Rather than take this on honestly admit that this program allows them an election performance or camera opportunity, they use the same old Reagan woman who never was. Yes, they lie and pretend this is a huge cut in the budget, great savings from those Takers, and they have an audience that laps up every word. This a very minor cut in expenses for the national budget, but a very deep and painful cut the children and seniors who will now eat even less. I am so ashamed of the Congress.

This should pondered and considered: "According to the Des Moines Register, King could have eaten for 881 days on food stamps for the $3,588 he spent during six-day trip to Russia."
Thanks Carrie.

Susanne R (235)
Friday September 20, 2013, 10:01 pm
House Republicans haven't done much since President Obama took office, and the things they have done are nothing to be proud of.

Since they have so much time on their hands, here's a challenge for them:

According to the Business Insider: "While one in five Americans barely manages to keep food on the table, as a nation we collectively waste $165 billion worth of food each year, according to a new report."

Since they would deprive hungry children and their families the nutrition they need to achieve normal growth and maintain good health, the Republican House majority should consider spending the time they're wasting on the taxpayers' dollar finding a way to stop the waste and channeling the savings into nutrition programs for those who are struggling. If they actually did manage to do that, I'd be afraid that the remaining $125 billion saved would be given to their corporate masters in the form of some type of subsidy. They have an agenda, and it benefits a very small and very specific portion of our population. Considering that other industrialized countries legislate much charitably when it comes to their less fortunate citizens, and since they're too arrogant to feel any shame for their actions, I'm really embarrassed for Boehner and his crew of tea party flunkies.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 4:26 am

Mike M (40)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 4:51 am
You can not shame haters

Birgit W (160)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 6:08 am
Bravo Jackie Speier!

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Saturday September 21, 2013, 6:51 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:30 am
Good for her I wonder how many of these politicians have had to exist on baked beans on toast etc
None probably


Joanne Dixon (38)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 8:06 am
Well, I'm glad she didn't use fried chicken.

Arielle S (313)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 11:16 am
"Food insecurity" (how I hate that term) or HUNGER now affects one in seven Americans. Not something we should be proud of, is it? Apparently the Land of Plenty is only for the top % and the rest are on their own. This Congress is pathetic and I'm ashamed of them, too...

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 2:43 pm
EVERYONE should do the exercise of living on $4.50/ month, especially the Republicans! Those who are stealing food from the poor deserve to know what an empty tummy feels like. In a country such as ours NO ONE should go hungry! There is more than enough food in the USA given a cooperative spirit, authentic empathy, if the desire to balance the playing field while feeding our hungry neighbors is paramount.

Ravenna C (20)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:31 pm
Take away their SuperPac and Lobby $$$ That they have the nerve to take food away from the most fragile of our society while they bill their own meals and transportation to the taxpayer is offensive. You know those fat cats find every tax loophole available and what they don't charge to taxpayers they write off.

There is no such thing as an honest politician.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:36 pm
Noted. Amazing comments by Rep. Speier, which are now on the Congressional record. Excellent facts and comparisons. Hope this goes viral! Thanks, Carrie.

Sheila D (194)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 2:21 pm
SNAP user here...I don't get enough on my SNAP to eat on $4.50/day. My meals are planned to cost $1.00 each - that's $3/day. Would love to get enough for $4.50, as then I could eat like a queen...tho don't like caviar, no need for vodka, and steak is full of antibiotics...and $1/day doesn't allow much fresh fruit and veggies, especially if organic.
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