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  •  GOP Plan to Split Up Farm Bill Could Doom Food Sta (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    @Progress2day #GOP Plan to Split Up Farm Bill Could Doom Food Stamps http://www.motherjones.com/... … #
    More bad news from the #GOP non-governing poops!!

    ....But a House food stamp bill with, say, $30 billion in cuts wouldn't be the main problem. The problem is that this kind of Draconian bill wouldn't pass the Senate, which passed a farm bill with a mere $4 billion in nutrition cuts. That means the food stamp program would end up hanging around unauthorized (meaning it would continue to be funded at current levels through appropriations bills). That leaves the program vulnerable to other pieces of legislation, says Dottie Rosenbaum, an expert on food assistance at CBPP. There is a "lot of mega legislation coming up," she adds, including a debt-ceiling bill in September, and it's dangerous if "cuts are on the table."

    "I worry that it sets the [food stamp] program up for a ceaseless attack over time because it is unauthorized," Greenstein told the National Journal. Especially since the GOP's ultimate goal, as laid out by Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) most recent budget, is to cut food stamps by $135 billion over ten years.

    •  Doesn't SNAP continue unless they agree? (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      I have read that the way the food stamp program is set up, it automatically rolls over at the current year level UNLESS Congress agrees to change it. If that's true, taking it out of the massive farm bill may actually be a good thing. I doubt the votes are there in the Senate -- or the President's pen -- to cut it as much as the House GOP insists on. I believe it could be another notch on the GOP belt -- they pass a bill that's so draconian that it can't become law, making their base happy, but people don't actually starve in the streets or riot or do anything publicly messy like that.

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