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House Republicans not only want to kick millions of people off of nutrition assistance, they claim they're all about reducing the size of government. Yet if their $40 billion in food stamp cuts became law, it could actually increase state government bureaucracies.

The Republican bill eliminates "expanded categorical eligibility," a shortcut in which states give Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to people who have qualified for other kinds of government aid. This allows states—40 of them, in fact—to avoid doing separate paperwork for each and every type of assistance a family might need.

Under the Republican House bill, however, that shortcut would be restricted yielding $11 billion in savings over a decade as households are discouraged or deemed ineligible for the benefits. An estimated 2.1 million people will lose benefits next year alone, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. But while the federal government’s payouts will shrink, cash-strapped states will have to start conducting more determination tests.

“This limitation in categorical eligibility would increase state administrative costs in SNAP and significantly curtail state flexibility,” the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures wrote in a May letter responding to a similar provision.

But no one seriously contests the fact that it would kick many families off of food stamps, so it would still be a Republican-style win. (That is, in debate over the bill, Republicans insisted it would not take food from children. But I'm not counting as serious things Republicans claim publicly to avoid looking like heartless monsters.) They'd get to say they cut money out of the federal budget, and the increased burden to the states would get relatively little attention. But once again we see clearly that this bill is about hurting poor and low-income people, not about fiscal responsibility.

Please join Daily Kos and Ultraviolet in denouncing House Republicans for passing deep cuts to food stamps, and tell Congress to oppose all cuts.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 07:08 AM PDT.

Also republished by Hunger in America and Daily Kos.

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  •  The Hunger Games (6+ / 0-)

    Inspired the GOP, or so it seems

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 07:13:56 AM PDT

    •  It's one of their play books like "A Handmaid's (1+ / 0-)
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      Tale" & "1984" & "Atlass Shrugged" & "Soylent Green" & "Minority Report" & any dystopic vision of the future.

      I can't see evil RW racist Rs liking "Star Trek".

      nosotros no somos estúpidos

      by a2nite on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 04:41:07 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  As sci-fi scarey as those futures sound, (1+ / 0-)
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        historys mysteries

        imo, the gop is trying to drag us back into the past. Where the rich ruled the world. Which was a really scarey place. A place nightmares are made of!

        Back to the time when they could just send in armed thugs to bust Unions, Public Schools were only as good as, the economic status the neighborhoods they were in belonged. People worked for $5, $8, !10, $12 a week and lived in tenement slums.

        I had an Aunt. Back aprox 1927 who worked in Woolworths. That was her weekly salary, $12 a week. No income tax yet, I think.

        Another thing the rich want to drag us back to, with a twist. According to them, only the middle class and poor should have to pay taxes.

        ♥Solidarity Walmart Workers♥ Widespread, Massive Strikes For Black Friday 2013
        Child Labor in the Industrial Revolution

        Since the rich can't get the kids to work for practically nothing anymore, guess they figure they'll just starve them.

        Like any SNAP funds are actually coming out of the gop's pockets and their cronies are rich enough already!

        Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

        by rebel ga on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 07:13:21 PM PDT

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  •  If folks want to punch back on food benefit (5+ / 0-)

    denials, or denials of any other form of safety net assistance, they should request an Administrative Hearing, which is every person's right under the law.  This forces the local administrative offices to take a closer and longer look at the application for benefits.  If the denial is clear cut the applicant can withdraw his request or press on with it.  Hearing Law Judges frequently find for the client rather than the agency because of some of the arcane and complex rules related to benefits.

    Those who are denied should bombard their GOP local pols with tool-free calls and emails.  It would be an electronic rebellion.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 07:24:55 AM PDT

  •  They like pushing it (7+ / 0-)

    to the States because this will allow the states to make the hoop jumping so ridiculous that even fewer folks will participate. It's a feature, not a bug.

    ~War is Peace~Freedom is Slavery~Ignorance is Strength~ George Orwell "1984"

    by Kristina40 on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 07:56:49 AM PDT

    •  YOu bet. Damn, what's WRONG with these (3+ / 0-)
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      people?  What kind of warped satisfaction do they get out of taking food away from pooe people?  Their response to all issues is "PUnish! Punish!  Punish!"

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 05:10:00 PM PDT

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      •  They're evil & stupid because that is who their (2+ / 0-)
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        Voters are.

        Their constituents may be screwed but their elected don't care because it is all Gerrymandered so the fix is in.

        nosotros no somos estúpidos

        by a2nite on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 05:15:49 PM PDT

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        •  They claim to be good Christians, but (3+ / 0-)
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          as Abraham Lincoln once said:  

          Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid.  As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal."  We now practically read it all men are created equal, except Negros, and foreigners, and Catholics.  When it comes to this, I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty, to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, without the base alloy of hypocrisy.

          "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

          by Navy Vet Terp on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 05:23:36 PM PDT

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    •  It's easier to privatize and hollow-out (5+ / 0-)

      these functions on a state level.  Especially with model legislation and gerrymandering.  All it then takes is a term or two to transform the entire system.  Beware the 'states rights' people.  Their plan is diabolical.  And frightening.

      And it's working.

  •  Talking points - here's some ammunition... (7+ / 0-)

    According to EWG's report, which I'll paraphrase:

    * Acrss America's 100 hungriest counties, 1 of every 3 households received SNAP benefits in the last year.

    * Those 100 counties are represented by 39 Representatives.

    * 2/3 of those Representatives--all Republicans--voted to cut SNAP.

    According to the Washington Post's GovBeat blog, eight GOPers who voted to cut SNAP represent districts in which 20% of more of the households received SNAP benefits in the last year; those 8 Representatives include:
    Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, voted for the bill; 29 percent of households in Rogers’ district received SNAP benefits at some point during the last year. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, two Republicans who hold seats in South Florida, represent districts in which more than a quarter of households received food stamps; both voted for the bill. So did Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. About 21 percent of households in his rural Oregon district participated in the SNAP program last year.
    So, if you live in one of these states, it's time to talk it up:

    * Hal Rogers voted to cut food aid received by almost 1 in every 3 households in his district (29%).
    * Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart voted to cut food aid received by more than 1 of every 4 households in their districts. (25%)
    * Greg Walden voted to cut food aid received by 1 in every 5 househoulds in his district. (21%)

    The map featured in the WaPo blog shows the 69 Congressional districts in which 20% or more of the households received SNAP in the last year.  If any of these districts are in your state, use the data in your daily conversations, whether it be to criticize or praise a particular Representative's vote.

    There a heavy stigma attached to the receipt and use of SNAP benefits, and pride keeps many recipients from raising their voices.  We must speak for them, and we must spread the hard data.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 08:43:00 AM PDT

  •  "starvation bill" & "hunger games"--good framing!! (6+ / 0-)

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 10:48:08 AM PDT

  •  Fuck the Rs & their voters nt (0+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 04:41:42 PM PDT

    •  FUck the Rs. Educate their voters. (2+ / 0-)
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      NOBODY wants to not be able to feed themselves and their kids.  Nobody.  Yet, if 29% in a given district have used SNAP in the last year, then some of those people also voted for the jerk Repub who mis-represents them.

      People who vote against their own interests at such a basic level-- vote for someone who wants them to go hungry -- either have a distorted world-view, a pack of lies fed to them by the massive propaganda of the right-wing media that dominates the South, or they are fanatical one-issue voters ("pro-life," irredeemably racist, etc.)  Can't do much about them.  But we should be taking the fight to some of these districts, aiming at the deluded.  

      Where's Howard Dean when we need him?

      If the Democratic party were more aggressive, there would be a group within the party with the goal of looking over the particularly shameful Republicans -- those who so overtly attack the well being of the people of their state -- and picking out the most vulnerable.  Then the party should hire a good pr firm and go after them with lots of money, information, and ads, and lots of technical support for the local Democrats.  It should be possible to throw out some particularly vile Republicans and throw a scare into some others.

      If the Democrats can't even communicate with people at the level of desperation and helplessness that families on SNAP often feel, then there's something seriously wrong with Democrats as well as Republicans.  Not something so soul-less, but a serious deficiency all the same.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 05:41:41 PM PDT

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  •  The critters goal is to push as much as they can (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Navy Vet Terp, Fiona West

    on to the states. When a state can not proved a service or won't , (read Republican Governors), the critters can claim they did not cut anything.

    This is another idea dreamed up by Alec.

  •  Indeed. However history is rife... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...with this kind of exclusionism.

    The Romans did it to the Israelites on Masada.

    The Catholics did it to non-Catholics.

    Later on, the Romans did it to... well, themselves.

    The Chinese did it to the barbarians.

    The Ottomans did it to pretty much everyone.

    The Bolsheviks did it to the Romanovs and "private enterprise".

    Stalin did it to everyone - including his own friends.

    Japan did it to anyone that wouldn't sell them oil. (kinda like us these days)

    Nazis did it to anyone that wasn't white (and even then there were some exceptions)

    McCarthy did it to "communists" (when he could find time to put down the bottle)

    The Muslims are still trying to do it to we "infidels".

    Now we have conservatives doing it to hungry people.

    They sure are in great company.

  •  If dems would take the info from this post and put (0+ / 0-)

    it into a commercial and show it in every Rethug House district, I think we could take back the House.

    Putting the fun back in dysfunctional.

    by hawkseye on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 05:01:35 PM PDT

    •  It would take more than one commercial -- (2+ / 0-)
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      because when people have been lied to effectively for a long time, it takes time for the truth to get through.

      But I think you have exactly the right idea.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 05:47:36 PM PDT

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  •  Does not surprise me? (0+ / 0-)

    Why are people resting on their laurels about this. You should be setting fires under our legislators letting them know that this is NOT ok...!

  •  Work At Home Special Report$$$. (0+ / 0-)

    my classmate's aunt makes $70/hr on the computer. She has been laid off for five months but last month her payment was $19464 just working on the computer for a few hours. visit here....

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