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    They get to keep ½ the money  
    The Southerland amendment:  republican governors get to keep half the funds when they kick families off SNAP program

    Statement of Robert Greenstein:

    House Wisely Rejects Farm Bill with Stunning, Extreme Provision to Pay States to Cut Families Off SNAP Because They Can’t Find Jobs

    The House wisely rejected a farm bill today that included an unprecedented provision, added earlier in the day, to reward governors with large sums of unrestricted cash if they remove families from the SNAP (food stamp) program because the parents, through no fault of their own, cannot find jobs.
    – emphasis added
    This is something I’d overlooked when commenting on this cruel  agenda  proposed by Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL)
    As I explained in a blog earlier today, this extreme provision would allow states to terminate benefits to households where adults — including parents with children as young as 1 year old and many people with disabilities — are not working or participating in a work or training program at least 20 hours a week. It would not require states to make any work opportunities available and would provide no jobs and no funds for work or training programs. Thus, people who want to work and are looking for a job but haven’t found one could have their benefits cut off. Their children’s benefits could be cut off, as well.
    Why would a state do this? Because, under the measure, states would have a powerful financial incentive to pursue this route: it allows them to keep half of the savings from cutting people off SNAP, and to use the money for whatever state politicians want — tax cuts, special-interest subsidies, or anything else.
    - emphasis added
    Also too: Food stamps are one of the most  efficient ways to  boost the economy

    This shows what the republican party has devolved into when the  donor class  owns it lock, stock and barrel – NYT published this linked article 15 years ago

    P.S. I’m late with this since the farm bill already failed but if the republicans will try something this devious, they’ll sneak it in again imo – people need to know the republican “austerity agenda - we’re spending too much” -  is a flat out lie aimed at rewarding the rich and hurting/punishing the neediest who are out of work

    end of rant

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