QuoteReplyTopic: House Votes to Cut Food Stamps by 4 Billion Posted: Sep 20 2013 at 9:25am
House votes to cut $4 billion a year from food stamps
social worker with the Cooperative Feeding Program displays a Federal
food stamps card that is used to purchase food, Feb. 10, 2011 in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida. /Joe Raedle/Getty Images
The House has voted to cut nearly $4
billion a year from food stamps, a 5 percent reduction to the nation's
main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans.
217-210 vote was a win for conservatives after Democrats united in
opposition and some GOP moderates said the cut was too high.
bill's savings would be achieved by allowing states to put broad new
work requirements in place for many food stamp recipients and to test
applicants for drugs. The bill also would end government waivers that
have allowed able-bodied adults without dependents to receive food
major cuts were designed to satisfy House conservatives who rejected
more moderate reductions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) earlier this year, but with millions of Americans still
struggling to recover from the recession, Democrats balked at the GOP
The bill will likely never see the light of day in
the Democratic-led Senate, but even if it somehow made it through the
Senate, President Obama has promised to veto the legislation.
cuts would affect a broad array of Americans who are struggling to make
ends meet, including working families with children, senior citizens,
veterans, and adults who are still looking for work," the White House
said in a statement on the bill.
The cost of SNAP has
more than doubled since 2008, coming to nearly $78 billion last year. In
2007, the percentage of American households that lacked sufficient
access to food stood at 11.1 percent, but it increased to 14.6 percent
in 2008 as the recession hit. That figure has remained virtually
unchanged since then, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported in
September, with 14.5 percent of households that were "food insecure" in
Sad...my mom's elderly neighbor (grandma's friend "Ms. Jean" gets $88 each month. It was recently reduced to $76. My mom ends up sending her plates by my grannie after she cooks. My mom was clowning "Ms. Jean" granddaughter has 5 kids. On SNAP/WIC benefits and has NEVER bought her grandmother groceries. Really, you can't make your grandmother $100 worth of groceries.
I can't wait for President obama to use his veto power. I saw the congress lady below video yesterday . Most of the people using stamps or white or non blacks . I know a Arabic family that owns the local Shell gas station .
Congresswoman Uses Steak, Vodka, And Caviar To Hammer Republicans On Food Stamp Cuts
“They received almost $200 for a single meal only for themselves. Yet, for them the idea of helping fellow Americans spend less than $5 a day makes their skin crawl.”posted on
Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier decided to make an unconventional pitch on the House of Representatives floor Thursday to defend food stamps. Speier used a cooked steak, a bottle of vodka, and a can of caviar to point out members of Congress who had large numbers of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in their districts but opposed the program. The congresswoman pointed out many of the same members of Congress took trips around the world with large stipends for food and lodging.
“In my district, California 14, we have about 4,000 families who are on food stamps, but some of my colleagues have thousands and thousands more,” Rep. Speier said. “Yet, they somehow feel like crusaders, like heroes when they vote to cut food stamps. Some of these same members travel to foreign countries under the guise of official business. They dine at lavish restaurants, eating steak, vodka and even caviar. They receive money to do this. That’s right, they don’t pay out of pocket for these meals.”
Speier went on, using particular examples of members of Congress who went on sponsored trips and spent large amounts of money on food and lodging.
“Let me give you a few examples: One member was given $127.41 a day for food on his trip to Argentina. He probably had a fair amount of steak,” she said.
“Another member was given $3,588 for food and lodging during a six-day trip to Russia. He probably drank a fair amount of vodka and probably even had some caviar. That particular member has 21,000 food stamp recipients in his district. One of those people who is on food stamps could live a year on what this congressman spent on food and lodging for six days,” she added.
“Another 20 members made a trip to Dublin, Ireland. They got $166 a day for food. These members didn’t pay a dime. They received almost $200 for a single meal only for themselves. Yet, for them the idea of helping fellow Americans spend less than $5 a day makes their skin crawl. The families of veterans, of farmers, of the disabled, of the working poor are not visible to them, not even when they are their own constituents.”
In a previous article, BuzzFeed pointed out many of the Republican members of Congress leading the charge to limit the food stamp program represented large numbers of food stamp recipients.
A quick BuzzFeed search found that the member of Congress who took the trip to Argentina who spent $127 was Rep. Frank Lucas of Oklahoma and the trip was sponsored by the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange. The member of Congress who took the trip to Russia was Rep. Steve King of Iowa. The 20 members of Congress who went to Dublin can be found here. The trip, sponsored by the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange, had an estimated budget of $450,000 to $750,000 according to Roll Call.
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