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Stabenow Cries Foul Over GOP Food Stamps Push

September 18, 2013
By: Nate Birt, Top Producer Deputy Managing Editor google + 

Chairman Debbie Stabenow of the Senate Agriculture Committee says Congress needs to complete a five-year farm bill now. She spoke on the eve of a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on a bill to cut food stamps by $40 billion. Reuters reports the vote is expected this week.

Formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the food stamps program helps both the employed and the unemployed, Stabenow said in remarks broadcast Wednesday by C-SPAN.

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"For those who have lost their job, SNAP is a short-line lifeline while they search for a job," Stabenow says.

She called out Republican leaders in the House and said the 16 million people employed in U.S. agriculture "do not deserve this," referring to partisan political moves.

"We in America are better than the debate that is being waged in the United States House of Representatives."

No one would suggest cutting firefighting budgets to keep wildfires in check, Stabenow says, so it doesn’t make sense to cut food stamps when the real solution for fighting hunger is to create good-paying jobs.  

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RELATED TOPICS: Policy, 2013 Farm Bill

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guidoLaMoto - chicago, IL
A rather illogical argument from Stabenow. Her statement "... the real solution for fighting hunger is to create good-paying jobs. " suggests the solution to hunger: quit enslaving Americans to governmental welfare programs.

It's a well known fact that in many states total food stamp/unemployment benefits/other welfare programs give voters a bigger total income than a minimum wage job, removing the incentive to work and keeping unemployment rates high.

One might cut the Dems some slack if their motives to continue this spending were motivated by altruism- but it's not. It's only calculated to ensure the votes of those subjugated to the welfare state.
5:57 AM Sep 19th



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