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Food Stamps Cut: $4 Billion Cut by House

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Millions of people could see their food stamps benefits decrease or go away after the House voted for $4 billion per year for the next 10 years in food stamp cuts. House Republicans introduced the new legislation earlier this week, and passed H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, on Thursday with a 217-210 vote.

The bill still has to pass the Senate, which is unexpected, and the Obama administration said that food stamp cuts that exceed 5 percent wouldn’t be signed. There are currently almost 50 million people on the program receiving about $57 billion per year, according to figures released by the USDA. This is an increase of approximately 10 million people from October 2009.

No House Democrats voted for the legislation, and all but 15 Republicans voted in favor of it. According to Republicans, the bill will eventually help increase employment rates. “This bill is designed to give people a hand when they need it most. Most people don’t choose to be on food stamps. Most people want a job,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) “Most people want to go out and be productive so that they can earn a living, so that they can support a family, so that they can have hope for a more prosperous future. They want what we want.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Cantor on the bill. “In the richest country in the world, 1 in 6 people are in danger of going to bed hungry tonight, and half of those people are children. But despite these sobering numbers–and despite the difficult economic times–House Republicans…are determined to gut the nutrition assistance program,” Reid said. About 3 million people will lose their benefits if the bill is signed into law.

While many are quick to wag their fingers at House Republicans for introducing the food stamps cuts, some are happy to hear that it would allow states to suspend food stamps if a recipient tested positive for drugs. The bill also prohibit lottery winners from receiving food stamps. “Able-bodied” adults without dependents won’t be able to receive benefits indefinitely and must meet certain job requirements:

(1) register for work; (2) accept a suitable job if offered one; (3) fulfill any work, job search, or training requirements established by administering SNAP agencies; (4) provide the administering public assistance agency with sufficient information to allow a determination with respect to their job availability; and (5) not voluntarily quit a job without good cause or reduce work effort below 30 hours a week.

Many Twitter users are split on the bill just like our lawmakers. Some believe that we do need a certain amount of food stamp cuts, while others accuse Republicans of wanting to starve people.

Are the food stamp cuts needed? Add your opinion below.

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  • http://Yahoo Valerie

    Are you kidding me…People want to work. Please do a survey on the food stamp recipients to find out how many of them are 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation welfare and food stamp…..government suckers.
    Many of them don’t know how to manage to go without beer, cigarettes,and over priced packaged foods.
    What the government should do is for each additional child added to the family, they should cut all benefits by 20% at a time. Instead of giving them more start to penalize them for***if you can’t feed em—don’t breed em****

    • Donna

      You need to open your eyes and look around you. Many people who are working are underpaid. The only way they can feed the family is to be granted food share. Not everyone is capable of earning enough money or the opportunity is not available. Please don’t judge everyone because of a few who cheat the system. The remark you made regarding decreasing the food share by 20% is just unreal. Who is going to suffer here. Not the parent. The children are the victims..

      • martha

        Valerie im not go get as ignorant as you but you must cant have any kids and don’t got a man that wants to have one with you for you to make a comment like that shows us today just how you care if you eating or not some people don’t have jobs an cant get one to pay for food rent lights gas car note ect… and for all the rest who thinks to cut off food stamps is a good idea just when they do and you get busted up side your head or even your life taken for a few dalllas $$$$$$ just remember what you said about those people getting food stamps cause those could be your next door neighbor and I bet you wont come in public making those remarks thank god for all these sights with this thing called a computer right cause that’s why u you talk all of your sh….t and can get away with it I don’t like people who say things they wouldnt come out and say in one of those people face now would you so show some respect for those who cant afford to live like the house an senate cause there rich an its easy for them to cut something because there kid an grand kids and there grand kid will never have to worry because they made all of the money stealing from you me and everyone else and own what they want to and can buy it too they make so much money off this bs there doing now our govermant is shut down but they still go get paid and we paying them and there not doing sh…t to help anybody but them selves and health care they got the best and there familys do too and the best doctors so kiss my butt and yes I stooped to your level and got ignorant right with you because some of these comments got me heated and just sick to my stomic .

      • jane

        why don’t they cut some of the money that they pay the gov and let they see what it fill like you see they don’t care they gets theres

    • fed up in iowa

      I am a single mom and have a regular job making 8.55 hr.and work 35 hrs. a week and did I mention that it costs me approx. $60 a week to get there! I also get 600.00 mth. in child support. my kid is in middle school and needs clothes,shoes,winter coat and new snow boots and in the spring will need summer stuff.Not to mention that he needs to go to the dr. every month and that it is 70 miles away 140 round trip.I pay the gas to get there.plus meas and etc. I get $145.00 a month in food money to feed my kid and I always the last 12 days of the month have to buy with my money the food we need to get by! Also how about toilet paper,paper towels,napkins,kleenex,dish soap,shampoo,bar soap,laundry supplies and washing our clothes,that all comes out of my pocket!!some times it doesn’t work out!! have you ever had to tell your children im sorry but there is nothing for breakfast or dinner(thank god he gets a school lunch).Because if you haven’t how dare you tell me and my child and others like us that we do not deserve to get the paltry sum that I get. did I also mention by the time I pay all my bills per month including the groceries that you don’t pay for,my bottem line is -$41.00 a month!! how about you?? How much do you have left???

  • Green

    Im starving just thinkin’ about it.

  • Deke

    Should be alot more than $4 billion!! Wipe it out completely and stop forcing charity!! I donate what I want when I want, don’t need Uncle Sam telling me what to do.

    • http://LIBRARY Meyoka

      THAT IS SO MEAN… DEKE… PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE SELFISH, HEARTLESS, AND CRUEL. JUST BECAUSE YOU DONT NEED IT DOESNT MEAN NOBODY CANT OR WONT USE IT. I WILL PRAY FOR YOU….

  • wilmasandlin

    What will Happen Too small Childern That go too Bed Without Food, You will Hear Ther Cry, Pleases, Dont Lests the U.S Lets More Childern go with out….

  • Ann

    The truth of the matter is. There are thousands of people whom abuse the system. Not only abuse the system, but many don’t even care/provide for their children. I can attest to because I’ve witness Mom’s who starve their kids because they sell/exchange their food stamps. My step son’s mother is claiming welfare but the boy don’t/has not even lived with her for the past 3 1/2 yrs. I even tried reporting her to fraud twice the past 1 yr & half, nothing has changed nor done about. People like her should be investigated and charged with fraud. She don’t work, and when she gets a job, quits after few months of working. Yet she owns a house, car, dress good at my step son’s child support payments and welfare benefits belonging to my step son. Where’s the justice for my step son, she never bought him clothing not even provided food for him when he lived with her. Now she won’t even talk nor acknoledge him, yet she receives public aid benefits, the family services are collecting about $600.00 child support. The system is a joke, they don’t protect kids, they protect lazy abusive mothers/fathers. The Family services need to start doing what’s best for the children, investigate, make sure those on Welfare are providing food, safe happy enviroment and care for those children. SERIOUSLY!! I’m glad they are cutting, I just wish they would investigate and only cut those abusing the system & ones enforce so them moms/dads stop neglecting their children.

  • QMac

    Yes…a reform is LOOOONNNNGGG overdue! I think they should look over Section 8 too (just for good measure)! There a so many people receiving much more than they actually need! I don’t fully agree that it should be completely cut out…but it definitely should be re-evaluated and re-distributed according to need. There are many people who honestly and truthfully apply for help…however, NO ONE should receive $1200 per month in food stamps! That’s ridiculous! Yet I see it everyday! While our elderly citizens are give maybe $100 bucks a month in SNAP (if they’re lucky).

  • Gary

    we need to do a house to house audit of the people receiving assistance. If they are on welfare they should not have a new Lexus and they should not be grossly obese. when I qualified for food stamps I was at the FS office and watched 4 families walk in and the kids came out and changed clothes and walked in with the next family. The system is broken lets find the true people who need help and cut the frauds out. the first requirement should be a random drug test within the first year they should have to make monthly visits until they have their tests and the case worker should walk out and see what they drive, if they are driving a car that is $500 a month they can afford food they just choose not to.

    The Government is getting ready to shut down again and the leaches are sucking the life out of the rest of us.

    why is it so hard to see????

  • debra

    I live in California and get ssi it is not enough to pay my share of the rent and to buy food each month my bills are behind but by the grace of god I make it I cant get any food stamps in California only the ssi in with they say it hads the means to cover my rent and food and meds what a joke if you try for some help you are not poor you get ssi what is 800 a month and rent is 800 you have to have a room mate paying light , gas , phone cant watch tv without cable there is nothing free and food stamps wow I see people buying boxed food what happen to beans potatoes chicken some people buy steaks when they get their food stamps expensive meats they would not buy if they had to pay their money for it the system is jacked up but the kids will hurt morer than anyone some don’t eat daily now if they cut it off what 3rd world stuff kids cant eat but they could check out things more on the parents.

  • nancy

    I am all for TEMPORARY assistance. But for so many it is a lifestyle. And 100% for manditory drug testing!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unfortunately it will be the children who suffer.

  • http://www.socialistalternative.org molly

    I think I see too many 1%ers typing all kinds of right wing crap all over the internet. Gee it’s nice to know that they have the time to do this. I stumbled upon this nonsense because I was trying to find out why my friend with stage 4 cancer could not get his groceries today. He had to take the time to get someone to take him to the supermarket because he cannot afford a car, and when he was finished shopping he went to the checkout only to find that he could not get his groceries. I was able to loan him some money so at least he could eat for a few days, but hopefully this mess will all be cleared up. I do not know anyone who gets food stamps and does not really need them. The right wingers like spreading the Reagan era mythology about welfare queens in cadillacs, or lexus but this is utter crap coming from some very horrible self centered people who have the time to post crap like this all over the internet. I just love the right wing logic. All though there aren’t enough jobs for all the people who can and want to work, they want to starve people who are using food stamps as a last resort. We in the working class need to organize to push back this right wing agenda, and organize for a different system that we really control through real democracy and works for us and not the few at the top…our day will come…

  • Priscilla Townsend

    Far more giveaways to the top then ever to the bottom They hide behind Glass walls. Just look at the easily available facts. Destroy the Middle Class and now look to poor to support the mess we call our democratic representatives.

  • ladyalice2013

    THIS IS HOW I FEEL. THIS COUNTRY WOULD NOT BE IN SO MUCH DEBT AND NOTHING WOULD HAVE TO CUT AT ALL IF OUR GOVERNMENT WOULD STOP GIVING ALL OF OUR MONEY TO EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD AND TAKE CARE OF US FIRST!!! I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF ANY OTHER COUNTRY GIVING US MONEY FOR ANYTHING HAVE YOU? THIS IS OUR GOVERNMENT AND THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO BE TAKING CARE OF THIS COUNTRY AND US NOT EVERYONE ELSE. MAKE EVERYONE ELSE WE HAVE GIVEN MONIES TO AND MAKE THEM PAY US BACK AND THAT WILL END THE DEBT. WHAT THE HELL? WAS IT ALL FREE MONEY IF SO THEN GIVE US SOME OF THAT FREE MONEY AND WE WILL ALL BE IN BETTER SHAPE. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

    • Meyoka

      I TOTALLY AGREE…. THEY ALWAYS WANT TO HELP EVERYBODY ELSE, BUT THE COUNTRY AND PEOPLE THAT NEED THEM. THEY NEED TO PUT THEIR FOOT DOWN AND TELL THEM THAT WE NEED SOME OF MONEY BACK BECAUSE RIGHT NOW WE ARE GOING THROUGH A ROUGH TIME AND WE NEED TO GET SOME OF OUR MONEY BACK. SIMPLY IS THAT….. MAN AND WOMAN UP.. WHAT YHE FUCK….

  • Meyoka

    I HONESTY DONT THINK THAT THEY SHOULD CUT OUR FOODSTAMPS… ESPECIALLY MINES. BC I AM A MOTHER OF TWO BOYS AND ITS HARD FOR ME. I THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD BE EASIER AFTER I GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE, BUT ITS EVEN HARDER. EVEN THOUGH I HAVE A JOB NOW. ITS NOT WHAT I HAD PLANNED IN MY LIFE TO DO. I WENT TO SCHOOL AND GRADUATED AS A CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANT AND I FOUND A JOB AT A FAST FOOD RESTUARANT. IM NOT PROUD OF IT… BUT AT THE SAME TIME… I AM NOT ASHAMED OF IT. YES I RECIEVED FOODSTAMPS AND HAVE A JOB, BUT ITS STILL NOT ENOUGH. I WANT A REAL JOB AND A CHANCE TO MAKE SOME REAL MONEY. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO MY KIDS WHAT THEY WANT AND WHAT I FEEL LIKE THEY NEED OR JUST DESERVE IT. I HAVE CAME FROM A LONG WAY AND I HOPE AND REFUSED THAT I DONT HAVE TO GO BACK.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND I HOPE THAT YOU COME UP A DESICIION REAL SOON. AS FOR THOSE THAT DO AND WILL BE CUT OFF OR JUST DNT GGT THEM…. I WILL HELP ANYWAY THAT I CAN AND FOR THOSE THAT I CANT REACH… I TRULLY APOLOGIZE AND I WILL KEEP U IN MY PRAYERS…..