Stabenow Cries Foul Over GOP Food Stamps Push

September 18, 2013 09:00 AM
Stabenow Cries Foul Over GOP Food Stamps Push

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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Spell Check

Stella Crews
Grosse Point Shores, MI
10/20/2018 10:15 AM

  Recreating the food (card) program so that it is for a limited time makes more sense and will bring down the cost to the Fed. We have to finance the tax cut to Corporations and the wealthiest Americans by taking from the poor. It is what we historically do. Everybody works and if you can not - long term food subsidies for parapalegics - provable disabilities. 80 billion annually in 2016, taken from the economy will make heads turn if cut by even 20 billions. Not partisan because parties change at all levels of government depending on the will of the citizens. We are not The Nazis, a one party country. Paying off the national deficit by removing programs for non-voters is a better theory. Otherwise, all the subsidy programs will be targeted and most Americans have no idea what is being subsidized with their tax dollars. It is time for a review and some transparency. If you receive subsidies for something needed fifty years ago, for example, please raise you hand if you no longer need the freebie. Leave Social Security alone. Even Republicans will vote against you if you touch their ability to stay off food stamps. .

9/19/2013 12:57 AM

  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.


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