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  •  You nailed it, gb. (2+ / 0-)
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    madronagal, socindemsclothing

    Both parties should be brought to task on this issue.

    Yes, the Repubs are even more egregious in their behavior.  And should be exposed.  Here's a recent article regarding the House bill.

    House panel set to OK cut in food stamp program

    The House bill would cut about $2.5 billion a year — or a little more than 3 percent — from the food stamp program, which is used by 1 in 7 Americans.

    The committee rejected an amendment by Democrats to strike the cuts 27-17, keeping them in the bill.

    The legislation would achieve the cuts partly by eliminating an eligibility category that mandates automatic food stamp benefits when people sign up for certain other programs.

    It would also save dollars by targeting states that give people who don't have heating bills very small amounts of heating assistance so they can automatically qualify for higher food stamp benefits.

    So, please folks, those of you in 'red states,' let's your Congresspersons hear from you on this matter.

    By the same token, some Dems need to be taken to task on this issue.  So please contact your Dem Senator or Representative if they support cuts to SNAP.

    Read this excerpt entitled 'Some cuts likely for food stamps.'

    Published: Wednesday, May. 08, 2013
    By MARY CLARE JALONICK - Associated Press

    WASHINGTON--The government's food stamp program, which helps feed 1 in every 7 America, was one of the few programs exempted from this year's automatic spending cuts. But now it is likely to get trimmed. . . .

    Stabenow's bill is expected to find the $400 million in annual cuts by targeting states that give people who don't have heating bills very small amounts of heating assistance so they can automatically qualify for higher food stamp benefits. That approach passed the Senate last year in a farm bill that died at the end of the congressional session when the House failed to move on the legislation.

    Lucas says the House bill will make those same changes but also end what is called "broad-based categorical eligibility," or granting automatic food stamp benefits when people are signed up for certain other programs. . . . .

    But 'cheers' to NY Dem Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who according to the same article:
    Stabenow, too, is caught in the middle of getting a farm bill passed and appeasing her caucus.

    New York Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, a Democrat, has called both proposals, including Stabenow's, "callous" and bristled at her colleagues who call the heating assistance eligibility a "loophole." She says she will try to erase the cuts on the Senate floor, as she did unsuccessfully last year.

    The debate over food stamps doesn't always fall along party lines - the top Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, has said he won't support major cuts to food stamps because it is a popular program in his state. Food companies and states, both of which benefit from the program, are also expected to fight changes

    .

    Mollie

    "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


    hiddennplainsight

    by musiccitymollie on Wed May 15, 2013 at 02:57:11 PM PDT

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