GOP moving forward with food-stamps cuts, and Democrats aren’t going to like it

posted at 8:41 pm on September 16, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The House finally filed the food-stamps portion of their bifurcated farm bill on Monday, complete with the utterly, contemptibly “draconian” 5 percent cut to current spending levels that the opposition feared, and the ensuing level of drama and demagoguery that Democrats will soon begin spouting is likely to be second only to the overarching defund-ObamaCare/fund-the-government fight that also has a deadline of September 30th. Politico reports on the food-stamps legislation, with rather a heavy helping of partisanship on the side:

House Republicans released their substitute nutrition title for the farm bill Monday, a 109-page package that seeks to tighten eligibility rules for food stamps and end state waivers for able-bodied adults who are working less than 20 hours a week.

At least 3 million beneficiaries could be forced off the rolls and the 10-year savings are estimated near $39 billion. Caught in the middle are states like Washington and New York which are already using federal funds to teach job skills to food stamp recipients but could lose millions in aid if they fail to comply with the new direction set by the bill.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor is the driving force, and the whole legislative process is quite extraordinary with the Virginia Republican essentially operating as a committee-of-one. …

Toward this end, the House Rules Committee announced it will meet on the nutrition bill Wednesday in anticipation of votes by the end of the week. Whip counts suggest it will be a closely-fought contest given the strength of the Democratic opposition. …

It all does sound pretty “draconian” when you put it that way, but Politico — perhaps unintentionally, ahem — acknowledges the Republicans’ driving point behind this very necessary (and indeed, not extensive enough) exercise:

All these estimates are subject to change if the economy improves and more jobs become available.

Exactly. Yes, real material hardship is an inexcusably widespread phenomenon in the United States, but the single biggest cause of that hardship is our stagnating economic and the subsequent dearth of jobs and economic opportunities. Household incomes and the labor force participation rate have been shrinking throughout President Obama’s tenure, and aren’t merely trying to take away food stamps for the sick, cruel fun of it — they’re trying to engender healthy economic and fiscal policies that can finally get our economy moving in the right direction. If they can achieve that, it means that the estimates of people in need of food assistance will positively revise themselves.

Anyhow, it sounds like they’re trying for a vote to finally get the whole package into conference with the Senate by the end of the week, but enough Republicans might still be split on the issue to ensure all of the necessary votes given the almost assuredly full-court Democratic opposition. We shall see…


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The poorest among us are the fattest. Now that’s American exceptionalism!

happytobehere on September 16, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Everyone who ever got food stamps should pay us back.

Akzed on September 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Democrats aren’t going to like it

So, it isn’t like they were going to “like” anything that doesn’t come from the party of vermin. The GOP could have filed the bill with a 50% increase in food stamp funding and they would be screaming like a stuck pig that it wasn’t a 75% increase.

It’s time to stop giving a flying fig about what the party of corruption and their lazy stupid leader wants. Let the Senate pass a bill and take it to committee. The time for bipartisan legislation is long passed. Anytime the GOP tries it the Demoncrats seems to think that bipartisan means “do what we demand.” Screw them all.

Happy Nomad on September 16, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Everyone who ever got food stamps should pay us back.

Akzed on September 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

After all they did to stimulate the economy?

Happy Nomad on September 16, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Akzed on September 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

How do I do that? Tore rotator cuff and all… Cant work yet nor has my LTD kicked in ( and before you start crying about that… its a policy I PAID FOR… not from the government. )

watertown on September 16, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Bark will hold a press conference about this but instead of being surrounded by people wearing labcoats they will be wearing urchin rags.

Bishop on September 16, 2013 at 8:52 PM

You know who is going to get kicked off… the ones that do need it like me lol. All the welfare queens and cheaters will still get max bennies.

watertown on September 16, 2013 at 8:53 PM

I have no doubt that the GOP leadership will cave on this issue also.

RoadRunner on September 16, 2013 at 8:54 PM

How do I do that? Tore rotator cuff and all… Cant work yet nor has my LTD kicked in ( and before you start crying about that… its a policy I PAID FOR… not from the government. ) watertown on September 16, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I had rotator cuff surgery too, and the govt didn’t even pay for it!

Never heard of private food stamps but I gotta go watch MNF so I’ll never learn about it.

Akzed on September 16, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Pass it! When the Democrats balk, keep the cuts the same and add another spending cut from somewhere else. Continue until they agree to some cuts or shut the whole dang place down.

txhsmom on September 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Cutting foodstamps…lets start with defunding Planned Parenthood first. I’d much rather be guilty of feeding some lazy people than the murder of unborn children, and the perverse ‘sex ed’ they provide our born children.

pannw on September 16, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I really don’t care where they start cutting, just start! I’d be happy with a 5% cut across the board.

txhsmom on September 16, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Akzed on September 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

I was on food stamps for 4 months during the winter of ’99-’00. When I consider the amount of taxes that I paid over the last few years-I’d say that I already have.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 16, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Not only food stamp cuts, but a friggin fraud investigator in every town. The billions Obama has wasted on green energy could pay for many a fraud investigator. I’m sick of being robbed by these leeches.

F_This on September 16, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Defund Obamacare, the EPA, Department of Injustice, Department of Education, Department of Transportation, Michelle’s 90 servant entourage, etc, etc. Plenty of waste and fraud to cut.

txhsmom on September 16, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Gotta save money to spend on more big bank bailouts.

David Blue on September 16, 2013 at 9:14 PM

This big fight over a 5% cut?

The GOP is really stupid.

faraway on September 16, 2013 at 9:14 PM

While I agree with this, the republicans REALLY need to take crony corporatism head on and deflect the false narrative the dems and the media (but I repeat myself) have created about republicans protecting Wall Street and fat cats at the expense of the little guy. Like it or lump it, some populism sells with LIVs; there is a way to do it without compromising first principles.

Firefly_76 on September 16, 2013 at 9:16 PM

5% fewer Chips Ahoy! and Coca Cola for Americaland’s hungriest do-nothings.

prepare. 2. b. INFURIATED!

Jeddite on September 16, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Democratics can cut the military and Medicare time after time, and blow off the cuts as coming from “waste, fraud and abuse”.

There’s none of that in the Food Stamp program, right?

slickwillie2001 on September 16, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Great ! . . . . . . . . . Now … when are they going to defund Obamacare?

listens2glenn on September 16, 2013 at 9:25 PM

The poorest among us are the fattest. Now that’s American exceptionalism!

happytobehere on September 16, 2013 at 8:45 PM

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HEY ! . . . . . . . . . I’m not that poor ! … : )

listens2glenn on September 16, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Not only food stamp cuts, but a friggin fraud investigator in every town. The billions Obama has wasted on green energy could pay for many a fraud investigator. I’m sick of being robbed by these leeches.

F_This on September 16, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Yes. We have had a successful rewards program in the IRS where you can turn in someone you suspect is cheating for forty years.

Why don’t we have something similar for Food Stamps, Obamaphones, Welfare, Section 8, WIC, EIC, etc?

slickwillie2001 on September 16, 2013 at 9:32 PM

The state of the union is shameful.

Moochers and looters abound…not the ones in true need either.

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I really do want an apology from everyone who voted for the food stamp president.

crosshugger on September 16, 2013 at 9:53 PM

How about we just cut it back by however much Obama increased it by when he took office?

hopeful on September 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Food Stamp Culture + Thug Culture = rape of the American taxpayer.

/Whatevhs. I’m already called racist. Don’t care.

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Moochers and looters abound…not the ones in true need either.

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2013 at 9:44 PM

She’s all about drinking water now.

Seems SOMEBODY ran out of some tamales or sumsum… Or Kobe Beef, or Arugula, or … insert your <<>>

We don’t need food. We just need Obama.

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM

they’re trying to engender healthy economic and fiscal policies that can finally get our economy moving in the right direction.

UGH.

That is such party regurgitated groupthink.

To really believe that, you have to be blindly partisan.

REALITY: “Food Stamps” is easy red meat. Rush and FNC have been priming this pump for weeks so “the base” rallies around Cantor’s faux leadership.

But this is nonsense.

If Cantor really gave a crap he’d first start with the fraud, the real fraud, which are the low-end business fronts that turn stamps into cash or ring it through for unqualified items like booze.

But when you bring that up, all you hear is “the legislation already exists”.

Great. How about enforcing it?

Nope. That would mean going after the food retailers, then the distributors, then the producer’s lobby.

Can’t have that. Might take a chunk out of someone’s quarterly earnings and drop the stock price by dollar.

Cantor’s pathetic. The whole interior GOP is. They are pawns of the first order.

To go after food stamps, while at the same time soapbox about Barry’s Great Recovery, is idiotic messaging.

budfox on September 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Someone has to realize that the food stamps, the increase in Social Security Disability Income, are all due to the fact that Obama knows his Obamacare is going to destroy the economy that his stimulus plan hasn’t destroyed already. Keep them fed and give them some walking around money and they’ll continue to vote for you.

This is going to be a test of our democracy, do people really want to be Cuba or do they want to be the United states. Right now, we’re much closer to Cuba than we’ve ever been.

bflat879 on September 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I was on food stamps for 4 months during the winter of ’99-’00. When I consider the amount of taxes that I paid over the last few years-I’d say that I already have.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 16, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Kind of like unemployment insurance.
I have no problem with people who really need assistance temporarily getting a bit of help from the “national pool” of funds.
The difficulty is that too many people collect benefits who never paid any premiums.
Kinda like Obamacare operates.
Hmmm.

AesopFan on September 17, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Everyone who ever got food stamps should pay us back.

Akzed on September 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Yes because those military families of junior enlisted are just biting into your tax dollars..

Food Stamp Culture + Thug Culture = rape of the American taxpayer.

/Whatevhs. I’m already called racist. Don’t care.

Key West Reader on September 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM

And you wear that bias oh so proudly. There are more white food stamp recipients than there are black citizens in total.

“Take theirs not Mine!” – epitaph on the tombstone of America

Bradky on September 17, 2013 at 3:39 AM

The poorest among us are the fattest. Now that’s American exceptionalism!

happytobehere on September 16, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Part of that is due to the fact that nutritious food such as veggies and fruit are not subsidized like corn. Corn makes fructose syrup which is used in high calorie, less nutritious and cheaper products. Poor people buy the cheaper products and presto change are more likely to be obese.

But most of the corn comes from the red states and the citizenry would no more give up on the government freebies than they would willingly give up their guns. As long as you say subsidy and not government handout it sounds so respectable.
At the end of the day it is welfare no matter how you cut it.

Bradky on September 17, 2013 at 3:44 AM

Yes – it is. And in conjunction with the food stamp cut – which needs to be cut more than 5% based upon its recent growth, as well as a strong reform to what you can buy with it as well penalties for abuse – so should farm subsidies be pared by 5%. They grew together, lets take them both down.

Zomcon JEM on September 17, 2013 at 7:21 AM

If the Democrats were smart they would use this issue to bury the GOP in 2014. All they have to do is show the real face of food stamps in the United States. Poor whites.

libfreeordie on September 17, 2013 at 8:05 AM

libfreeordie on September 17, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Yep – showing how ourlast two presidents massively expanded the net and that the current president has totally tanked the economy.

I get your point – most people won’t realize the lie, they will accept what the idiots on the TV say. That is why we are going broke and why part of me says, c’mom, just spend, spend, spend. It cannot be sustained and then the whole system will collapse.

And then I realize all the people who will be hurt, and how it could be avoided. But some people need to learn the hard way, like yourself if you truly believe what you write. Unfortunate.

Zomcon JEM on September 17, 2013 at 8:12 AM

libfreeordie on September 17, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Yep – showing how our last two presidents massively expanded the net and that the current president has totally tanked the economy.

I get your point – most people won’t realize the lie, they will accept what the idiots on the TV say. That is why we are going broke and why part of me says, c’mom, just spend, spend, spend. It cannot be sustained and then the whole system will collapse.

And then I realize all the people who will be hurt, and how it could be avoided. But some people need to learn the hard way, like yourself if you truly believe what you write. Unfortunate.

Zomcon JEM on September 17, 2013 at 8:22 AM

oops.

Zomcon JEM on September 17, 2013 at 8:22 AM

gop…….IDIOTS.

Instead of going after their fat cat donors perks they focus on taking candy from babies.

So pathetic.

PappyD61 on September 17, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Devastating data on the proposed food stamp cuts: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/09/difference-between-numbers-and-effects-cutting-food-stamp-funding/69477/

So good luck with that GOP! Should be an electoral winner.

libfreeordie on September 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Devastating data on the proposed food stamp cuts: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/09/difference-between-numbers-and-effects-cutting-food-stamp-funding/69477/ So good luck with that GOP! Should be an electoral winner. libfreeordie on September 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

This country was founded on food stamps. I know.

Akzed on September 17, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Everyone who ever got food stamps should pay us back.

Akzed on September 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

For a brief period of three months, my wife and I (with our newborn) were on foodstamps as I finished up college. I hope that 20 years of being a product computer programmer has repaid the tax money used for those. On a side note, we ate better those three months than for many, many years afterwards.

But I will say that I got my fill of those that lived off foodstamps. The few times we had to go down to fill out paperwork, the attitude of entitlement was sickening.

dominigan on September 17, 2013 at 11:26 AM

libfreeordie on September 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

So I’m confused. Did you support separating food stamps as a separate bill, like the Republicans pushed for, or do you approve of subsidizing large agro business as part of food stamps? I get so confused over liberal hypocrisy…

dominigan on September 17, 2013 at 11:28 AM