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House passes deep food-stamp cuts; state delegation votes along party lines

A Republican leadership FAQ about the bill said: “The House bill will require states to follow the 1996 welfare reform law’s restriction on eligibility for this group unless these beneficiaries obtain employment, participate in job training activities, or perform voluntary community service activities in exchange for their benefits.”

“I think the approach is the right approach,” Republican Rep. John Kline said. “It is setting the criterion for who qualifies and it is using the same sort of criterion we’ve used before in welfare reform that says, if you’re an able-bodied person and you don’t have children, you should be required to work or get training for work, and I think that’s a reasonable approach.”

Democrats slammed the plan every step of the way, at one point parading to the podium during floor debate to show pictures of citizens in their districts hit by the cut. Democratic congressional candidates and liberal campaign groups seized on the vote as well: Mike Obermueller, the lead challenger in Kline’s 2nd District, called him “completely unwilling to stand up to the extremists in his party” after the vote.

“The SNAP cuts are going to be zero if we don’t do the bill. The default position is no cuts,” Peterson said. “What they’re trying to do here is, more likely than not, going to come up with zero cuts to food stamps, and how does that get them any place?”

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Gail O'Hare on 09/20/2013 - 02:15 pm.

    Suppose we accidentally fed some “undeserving” poor – would that make us chumps? Did Jesus divide the loaves and fishes after culling out the people he thought were losers?

  2. Submitted by Steve Hoffman on 09/20/2013 - 03:12 pm.


    So, the politicians in the House who crusade against food aid for the poor are the same ones who make $172,000 a year for [not] doing their jobs, get [free, government-paid] health insurance, and routinely spend two hundred [taxpayer] dollars on meals for one while traveling. Isn’t it time we declared hypocrisy a pollutant and unleashed the EPA on these wretched hypocrites?

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/22/2013 - 09:04 am.

    The “poor?”

    Do you really think that people making almost $20 an hour should be eligible for food stamps? Maybe if we reserved programs intended for the poor for the truly poor, we wouldn’t have budget issues, eh?

    Low-information voters really need to start thinking these things through.

  4. Submitted by jason myron on 09/23/2013 - 04:06 pm.

    “Low-information voters”

    is so last year…it makes anyone who uses it appear obtuse. As for your “truly poor” assertion, who are you to decide? You have zero clue as to anyone’s personal situation other than your own. That $20.00 an hour figure is deceptive in the extreme..and anyone trying to raise a family of four on 36K a year is probably going to need some help occasionally. Only those completely lacking in empathy would deny them that.

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