In a move combining sickening hypocricy with staggering cruelty, several Republican lawmakers pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal farm subsidies — as they voted to cut food stamps by almost $40 billion.
Republican congressman Stephen Fincher (TN), who lend the charge to cut food stamps through a campaign of misquoted Bible verses, and spoke of the need to be tough with people who are “unwilling to work,” received $3.5 million in farm subsidies between 1999-2012. However he is not alone.
According to Daily Kos:
Another Republican congresswoman who voted to make cuts to the food stamp program was Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri. Her farm received more than $800,000 in Department of Agriculture subsidies from 1995-2012. In 2001, her farm received $135,482 in subsidies.
Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, who also voted to make cuts to the program, was a partner in Racota Valley Ranch, her family’s farm previously had nearly a 17% stake through 2008. The farm received $3.4 million in subsidies from 1995-2012. The Environmental Working Group, which analyzes subsidy data, says the “estimated amount of subsidies attributed to Rep. Noem from 1995-2012 is $503,751.”
The slashing of the budget for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is expected to affect 3.8 million of America’s poorest families in 2014 alone. The vote came despite evidence that while the economy is (slowly) recovering, reliance on food stamps has seen a steady increase as families deal with the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression.