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  •  I don't understand this part (0+ / 0-)
    10 remaining states where low-income Americans are still facing the threat of food stamp cuts—California, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, or Wisconsin
    Those sound like what are generally considered progressives states. Why are they cutting food stamps but not TX and Mississippi?

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    by ban nock on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 09:25:14 AM PDT

    •  House GOP forced the cuts with some trickery. (3+ / 0-)
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      Click through the links to discover the 'how'. ('Heat to eat.') The why? Poor people in blue states shall be punished.

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      by earicicle on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 01:37:15 PM PDT

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      •  It was a negotiated agreement (0+ / 0-)

        The GOP gets to claim cuts and the Dems get to restore them.  If they'd cut SNAP across the board again that'd have hurt some folks in places where Dems can't fix this.

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        by benamery21 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 02:50:06 AM PDT

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    •  It was a deliberate targeting of blue states (1+ / 0-)
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      (that received enough Democratic support to pass).  Hmm?

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      by Rikon Snow on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 03:56:02 PM PDT

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    •  Northern states (1+ / 0-)
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      The way it worked was that if you qualified for as little as $1 in LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) benefits you would automatically get SNAP benefits.  As part of the Farm Bill they increased that threshold to $20.  So what the states are doing is covering the difference so that they still get the SNAP benefits anyway.  

      If you notice most of the states are northern states with cold winters or higher cost of living states where maybe heating is costlier.    

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      by DisNoir36 on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 04:01:32 PM PDT

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