In the midst of a faltering and with a still-high unemployment rate, Congress has given America what it really needs: $8.7 billion in food stamp cuts!
On Tuesday, the Senate voted 68-32 for the passage of the 2014 farm bill. Despite that this legislation will cause nearly a million households to lose about $90 per month in SNAP benefits the move was lauded by President Obama as a “strong bipartisan vote.”
Cutting food stamps is nothing new to Republicans, some of whom have cashed in on sweet, sweet, government money. For instance between 1999 and 2012 Stephen Fincher, who said of food stamp cuts, “the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” received nearly $3.5 million in agriculture subsidies.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler, the “birther” who refused to stand near a photograph of the President, received nearly $1 milliom between 1995 and 2012., and Rep Kristi Noem cashed in on $500,000 in subsidies between 1995 and 2012.
Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who has personally received $200,000 in subsidies opposed the farm bill–because it includes funding for food stamps, period.
The GOP-pushed cuts will target food stamp recipients who also receive heating subsidies. People who receive “Heat and Eat” benefits in fifteen states may be in for a surprise when they find that they no longer receive additional food stamp benefits if they qualify for energy assistance. Up to 30% of the cuts could be from New York alone.
While President Obama has threatened to veto past versions of the bill with $20.5 billion or $39 billion in cuts, the passage of this “bipartisan” effort to cause families in need to go hungry is embraced by everyone–including our President, who seems to be satisfied with 1/5 of the originally proposed cuts.