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SNAP is Food Stamps.

"More than half of Americans will experience poverty at some point during their adult lives, Think about that. This is not an isolated situation.… That’s why we have nutrition assistance or the program known as SNAP, because it makes a difference for a mother who’s working, but is just having a hard time putting food on the table for her kids."  President Obama.

Who gets hurt?...

There are currently 47 million Americans who turn to food stamps to help make ends meet. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, nearly 72 percent are in families with children; and one-quarter of SNAP participants are in households with seniors or people with disabilities. Further, 91 percent of SNAP benefits go to households with incomes below the poverty line, and 55 percent to households below half of the poverty line (about $9,500 annually for a family of three).

Let's break that down.... consider that each million people represent one whole state of Delaware....

47 million Americans  turn to Food Stamps

33 million Americans  in Families with Children (72%)

42.8 million Americans   go to households below the poverty line (91%)....  Here are the poverty lines....

25.9 million Americans at half  poverty line  (55%) below $11,750 for family of 4; take half of above chart for others...

You may remember that the program was cut by $5 Billion last November.  That cut put Wal*mart's earnings this past quarter into the negative for its first time in ... how long?  So this cut on top of that cuts amounts to about $13 billion dollars stretched out...from where benefits were last summer....

Let us look at those 25.9 million people who are in the lower half of all those below the poverty line....   A family of 4 below  $11,750.  At the maximum, that comes to living off $979 per month.... or....  $32 a day....  for 4 people....

If there are zero other expense across that entire year, they can afford to eat on $8 a day per person.  Basically 2 meals at $4 each per day....
But not everyone gets their benefits cut.

Here is the original US Code... 42 U.S.C. 8624(f)(2)(A)

(2) For purposes of paragraph (1) of this subsection and for purposes of determining any excess shelter expense deduction under section 5(e) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2014 (e))—
(A) the full amount of such payments or allowances shall be deemed to be expended by such household for heating or cooling expenses, without regard to whether such payments or allowances are provided directly to, or indirectly for the benefit of, such household; and

... and here is the piece passed in the Senate just hours ago, and by the House last week.....

SEC. 4003. of the Farm Bill...

(b) Conforming Amendment- Section 2605(f)(2)(A) of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 8624(f)(2)(A)) is amended by inserting before the semicolon at the end `, except that, for purposes of the supplemental nutrition assistance program established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), such payments or allowances were greater than $10 annually, consistent with section 5(e)(6)(C)(iv)(I) of that Act (7 U.S.C. 2014(e)(6)(C)(iv)(I)), as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.'.

And therefore the new line of code will look like this......

(2) For purposes of paragraph (1) of this subsection and for purposes of determining any excess shelter expense deduction under section 5(e) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2014 (e))—
(A) the full amount of such payments or allowances shall be deemed to be expended by such household for heating or cooling expenses, without regard to whether such payments or allowances are provided directly to, or indirectly for the benefit of, such household, except that, for purposes of the supplemental nutrition assistance program established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), such payments or allowances were greater than $10 annually, consistent with section 5(e)(6)(C)(iv)(I) of that Act (7 U.S.C. 2014(e)(6)(C)(iv)(I)), as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.; and

(One almost has to do it that way to figure out what the adds and deletes amount to....)

Basically what just happened was that if one received heating or energy assistance back before when it was NOT considered income, it now going to be considered income if it amounts to over $10 per year....  If it is enough, it may disqualify people off of SNAP.... 
Most likely those receiving Heat and Energy Assistance are NOT the most affluent of the SNAP recipients.  Most likely those receiving Heat and Energy Assistance will be on the LOWER END of the recipients.  Most likely those losing benefits will have AT THE MOST only $32 dollars a day for a family of 4, for all expenses, now including heat....
This knocks 2 million of our neediest off the SNAP rolls... not really fair in anyone's book... and it is done simply to save $16.5 billion  off of 10 years of trillion dollar deficits or 0.165 % of the deficit across the next 10 years...
Here is a graph courtesy of Washington Post showing financially how the Farm Bill breaks down.

Notice there is $198.4 billion in other expenses spread out over the next 10 years... Was just SNAP cut and not the other...?

The other is a fabrication or an estimate, for this farm bill initiates something no other farm bill has ever done.   This bill discontinues cash payments per acre.
That policy is no more.  Instead we begin funding farmers through an insurance fund, a risky mechanism which makes tracing payments far more difficult... and probably impossible.

It expands the system of subsidized crop insurance to protect farmers from sudden price drops. The bill would also cap how much money an individual farmer can receive — $125,000 annually. (Lawmakers rejected amendments that would have shrunk this to $50,000.)

In theory, the extra subsidies for crop insurance are supposed to cost less than the old direct payments did. But, again, it depends. More droughts or unseasonable cold weather could cause these payments to soar unexpectedly. Likewise, the new "shallow loss" insurance programs could start paying a lot of money if the price of commodities like corn and soy start dropping from their recent highs. "In fact," argues the R Street Institute, "given recent drops in the price of corn, the shallow loss program would be triggered on day one for the nation’s largest commodity crop."
The White House originally asked for farm legislation that would have saved twice as much, $38 billion — mainly by slashing payouts to farmers.  Instead, because of Republicans in the House, it only got $16.5 billion cut pverall... splitting it halfway between an $8.25 billion cut to our poorest citizens in the form of SNAP cuts,  and $8.25 million billion cut to protect our largest grossing farmers from losing money.....

And just who are those largest grossing farmers, and how much did they make this past year?

Name ------------------------- Revenue Stream ------------------------Crop Protection %
1Crop Production Services, Inc.= ------More than $1 billion .......... ............. 33%
2 Helena Chemical Company= =More than $1 billion............................  38 4%
3 GROWMARK, Inc. =
===More than $1 billion ............................   17%
4 Wilbur-Ellis Company
= More than $1 billion ........................................   41%
5 CHS=====More than $1 billion................................ .......21%
6 J.R. Simplot
==== More than $1 billion....................................   36%
7 Jimmy Sanders, Inc. (Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings) More than $1 billion 31%
8 Southern States Co-op=== $500-999 million.............................. 16%
9 MFA Incorporated==== $500-999 million .............................20%
10 Tennessee Farmers Cooperative ==$100-499 million .............................20%
(The other 90 can be found here in clearer detail......But to appreciate the callous horror of our Senator's decision, look at all those gaining below, and then think of the sum of 25.9 Delawares looking over this list after their first full week with no food.......

(Rank -Name - Revenue Stream -Crop Protection %)

11 South Dakota Wheat Growers $100-499 million 18%
12 Co-Alliance LLP $100-499 million 18%
13 Central Valley Ag Cooperative $100-499 million 17%
14 Farmers Cooperative Co. $100-499 million 16%
15 Cargill AgHorizons $100-499 million 14%
16 The McGregor Co $100-499 million 34%
17 Hefty Seed Company $100-499 million 64%
18 Aurora Cooperative $100-499 million 35%
19 North Central Farmers Elevator $100-499 million 19%
20 Effingham Equity $100-499 million 22%
21 Brandt $100-499 million 21%
22 Buttonwillow Warehouse Company $100-499 million 43%
23 The Andersons, Inc. $100-499 million 20%
24 Agri-AFC, LLC $100-499 million 31%
25 West Central Ag Services $100-499 million 24%
26 Mid Valley Ag Service, Inc. $100-499 million 50%
27 Diamond R. Fertilizer Co., Inc. $100-499 million 36%
28 Heartland Co-op $100-499 million 15%
29 United Cooperative $100-499 million 17%
30 Twin-State Inc. $100-499 million 23%
31 Valley Agronomics LLC $100-499 million 37%
32 Kova Fertilizer $100-499 million 22%
33 Land View, Inc. $100-499 million 26%
34 Ag Partners LLC $100-499 million 14%
35 Landmark Service Cooperative $100-499 million 14%
36 Tremont Group Inc. $100-499 million 41%
37 Hintzsche Fertilizer, Inc. $100-499 million 18%
38 Griffin Fertilizer Co. $50-99 million 21%
39 CPI (Cooperative Producers, Inc.) $50-99 million 16%
40 West Central Cooperative $50-99 million 17%
41 Star of the West Milling Co. $50-99 million 18%
42 Allied Cooperative $50-99 million 19%
43 Golden Furrow Fertilizer $50-99 million 21%
44 Van Horn Inc. $50-99 million 16%
45 Frenchman Valley Co-op $50-99 million 17%
46 Ceres Solutions Inc. $50-99 million 28%
47 Cooperative Elevator Co. $50-99 million 17%
48 Farm Service Co-op $50-99 million 16%
49 Sur-Gro Plant Food $50-99 million 26%
50 Fertizona $50-99 million 45%
51 The Dune Co. $50-99 million 33%
52 G.S. Long Co., Inc. $50-99 million 74%
53 Carolina Eastern-Vail Inc. $50-99 million 14%
54 Wilco-Winfield LLC $50-99 million 31%
55 Gar Tootelian, Inc. $50-99 million 71%
56 First Cooperative Association $50-99 million 22%
57 United Prairie LLC $50-99 million 22%
58 Willard Agri-Service $50-99 million 20%
59 The DeLong Co., Inc $50-99 million 12%
60 MaxYield Cooperative $50-99 million 15%
61 Mid Kansas Coop $50-99 million 17%
62 Stanislaus Farm Supply $50-99 million 24%
63 Mid-West Fertilizer, Inc. $50-99 million 17%
64 Watonwan Farm Service $50-99 million 31%
65 Lyman Group, Inc. $50-99 million 46%
66 Asmus Farm Supply, Inc. $50-99 million 82%
67 Abell Corp. $50-99 million 0%
68 Home Oil Company $50-99 million 35%
69 Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc. $50-99 million 6 %
70 Mountain View Coop $50-99 million 20%
71 Pearl City Elevator, Inc. $50-99 million 21%
72 Reynolds United Co-op $50-99 million 29%
73 Farm Service Inc. $25-49 million 22%
74 AgRx $25-49 million 29%
75 El Dorado Chemical Co. $25-49 million 2%
76 Centennial Ag Supply $25-49 million 23 %
77 MRM Ag Services, Inc. $25-49 million 26 %
78 Growers Fertilizer Corporation $25-49 million 16%
79 Sims Fertilizer & Chemical $25-49 million 90 %
80 East Kansas Chemical Co. LLC $25-49 million 87%
81 Great Bend Coop $25-49 million 30 %
82 Warner Fertilizer Co. $25-49 million 6%
83 Delta Growers Association $25-49 million 33%
84 Panhandle Coop $25-49 million 17%
85 Big Valley Ag $25-49 million 52 %
86 Jay-Mar, Inc. $25-49 million 5%
87 Northwest Ag Supply LLC $25-49 million 73%
88 J.B. Pearl Sales & Service, Inc. $25-49 million 22 %
89 Husker Coop $25-49 million 21 %
90 Allerton Supply Co. Less than $25 million 24%
91 Frontier Cooperative Co. Less than $25 million 21%
92 T H Agri-Chemicals, Inc. Less than $25 million 6 %
93 Baltz Feed Company, Inc. Less than $25 million 27 %
94 BEI Hawaii Less than $25 million 30 %
95 Consumers Co-op Association Less than $25 million 26%
96 Foster-Gardner, Inc. Less than $25 million 47 %
97 The Mill Less than $25 million 13 %
98 MPG Crop Services Less than $25 million 60%
99 Woolsey Brothers Farm Supply Inc. Less than $25 million 31%
100 Pendleton Grain Growers Less than $25 million 29 %
The Rich get richer; the poor get poorer, and a good number of Democratic Senators just helped them right along....
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