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Grijalva, Barber Condemn $40 Billion Cut To Food Stamp Program
tucsonweekly.com ^ | September 20, 2013

Posted on 09/20/2013 1:29:05 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) and CPC Whip Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) voted against the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013, H.R. 3102, a Republican bill to drastically cut nutrition programs. ....

“Some of my Republican colleagues want to cut food assistance for needy families instead of closing business tax loopholes as a way to save money,” said Rep. Grijalva. “There's a basic question of fairness and who our country looks out for here. If you think more corporate tax cuts are the answer, go ahead and say so, but don't take food out of children's mouths while you're doing it.”

“Food assistance for working families fulfills a promise we make to each other: if you fall on hard times, your neighbors, friends and fellow Americans will help you get a meal,” Rep. Ellison said. “Eighteen companies dodged $92 billion in taxes last year, which is more than double the cut passed by Republicans today. Let’s cut corporate waste, not meals for our nation’s children.”

“The proposed $40 billion in cuts to our nation’s first line of defense against hunger, SNAP, are heartless, unbelievable, and immoral,” Rep. Barbara Lee said. “We cannot balance our budget on the backs of our country’s children, seniors, veterans, and disabled. As a former recipient of public assistance, I know that I would not be where I am today if it were not for the vital lifeline that was extended to me by the American people. SNAP serves as a bridge over troubled waters, and at a time when we are still recovering from the Great Recession, we must protect our nation’s vulnerable, not push them aside.” ....

Congressman Ron Barber was also critical in a press release:

“In Southern Arizona, more than 1 in 4 children are living in families that struggle to put enough food on the table. We should not be trying to balance the budget by taking more food from their mouths,” Barber said today. “Arizona is the nation’s third-highest state for food insecurity. As families struggle to recover from the economic downturn, it is unconscionable for us to be making it more difficult for millions of Americans to eat.”


TOPICS: Government; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: barbaralee; barber; barberdaz; caucus; congressional; cpc; daz; grijalva; grijalvadaz; keithellison; progressive

1 posted on 09/20/2013 1:29:05 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Am I correct in assuming that this was a cut in the rate of growth for the program?


2 posted on 09/20/2013 1:30:58 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Tailgunner Joe

radiation shrinks cancer


3 posted on 09/20/2013 1:31:49 PM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

In their world, hardworking Americans who are struggling to make ends meet, have to pay for their own food as well as be taxed to pay for food of others. And, it’s invalid for the taxpayers to not like this setup or try to change it through the electoral process.


4 posted on 09/20/2013 1:31:50 PM PDT by arista
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Can’t quite get the notion that food stamps are for food, not champagne, caviar, lottery tickets, and televisions.


5 posted on 09/20/2013 1:31:53 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

As a former recipient of public assistance, I know that I would not be where I am today if it were not for the vital lifeline that was extended to me by the American people.

All the more reason to cut it off!!


6 posted on 09/20/2013 1:31:55 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Yep, here’s this old canard again.. The GOP wants to cut food stamps because the GOP wants people to starve.

Anecdotal evidence is that many among our poor are getting plenty to eat.

How is it that if you want to cut any government program spending, that somehow you are in favor of disasters striking the beneficiaries of those programs? Because Paul Ryan wants to do something about Medicare spending, he really wants to throw Grandma off a cliff? Why do liberals demagogue this crap, and why do they get away with that???


7 posted on 09/20/2013 1:34:05 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Tailgunner Joe
God forbid people get hungry and look harder for work, just to find out how badly they have been screwed down on the Demoplantation!

Why, they might do something drastic! (like vote for the incumbents' opponents!)

8 posted on 09/20/2013 1:34:38 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Somebody needs to tell the politicians that there needs to be an approved list of foods that WIC or SNAP or whatever the food stamp program is called in your neighborhood.

What will happen is that food companies will lobby the congresscritters to have their products added to the "approved" list, so there is something in it for them. And we will end up with at least a way to curb people from buying lobsters, etc., using food stamp benefits.

9 posted on 09/20/2013 1:35:11 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The program has doubled over the last few years. This is a 5% cut and it appears there are simply conditions attached (no bums allowed) and better economic control.


10 posted on 09/20/2013 1:35:14 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Tailgunner Joe

$40 billion over ten years or $4 billion a year. We spend about $80 billion a year on food stamps (2012). We can certainly cut 5% out of the program, which has grown exponentially. It is beset by fraud and abuse.


11 posted on 09/20/2013 1:36:05 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Just think of how much money could be saved if EBT purchases were limited to the same foods Mrs. Obama is forcing on high school students...
12 posted on 09/20/2013 1:36:39 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

SOS, over and over and over.


13 posted on 09/20/2013 1:37:16 PM PDT by Post5203 (Please name me a sucessful city or country run by a "person of color".)
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To: Yo-Yo

I believe that here in NY, the welfare cards can no longer be used in casinos.


14 posted on 09/20/2013 1:37:30 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The #1 health concern of those in poverty? Obesity.

Just say it over and over.


15 posted on 09/20/2013 1:40:17 PM PDT by struggle
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Cutbacks to freebies and handouts make it tougher for ‘RATS like Grijalva and Barber to get reelected. I can understand why they’re upset.


16 posted on 09/20/2013 1:42:54 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The time for impeachment has come.)
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To: 1rudeboy; Tailgunner Joe
I think it's a temporary boost that is expiring in November. The benefits per recipient will be cut if Republicans do nothing.

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3899

Republicans would be wise to get out in front of this and expand the benefits. I doubt they will and getting pegged with "cutting" this program will hurt them at election time.

Neither party has a clue about what's wrong with the economy. So both parties are avoiding talking about unemployment. Meanwhile the off-shoring continues at full speed. The way to cut benefits like this is to get people working again.

17 posted on 09/20/2013 1:46:37 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: 1rudeboy; Tailgunner Joe
I think it's a temporary boost that is expiring in November. The benefits per recipient will be cut if Republicans do nothing.

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3899

Republicans would be wise to get out in front of this and expand the benefits. I doubt they will and getting pegged with "cutting" this program will hurt them at election time.

Neither party has a clue about what's wrong with the economy. So both parties are avoiding talking about unemployment. Meanwhile the off-shoring continues at full speed. The way to cut benefits like this is to get people working again.

18 posted on 09/20/2013 1:46:37 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

The people don’t want to work. They want life off with pay. Full benefits is equivalent to earning $50,000. But no production is required.


19 posted on 09/20/2013 1:54:48 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Raúl M. Grijalva Progressive? Try Marxist along with the son of Islam, Keith Ellison pulling for a Caliphate or Muslim Brotherhood, right here in the U.S. and Rep. Barbara Lee, a member of Oakland's Black Panther party among other anti-constitutional activities this woman belongs to....she is hardly a role model for any American....Condemning the cut in Food Stamps takes money out of their "ward heeler's" pockets and might make some of their constituents have less need of the three.

These types of government men and women are what weakens our liberties and our government. VOTE THEM OUT!!!

20 posted on 09/20/2013 1:57:30 PM PDT by yoe ("They Come To America" order it now: http://www.theycometoamerica.com/buy-dvd/)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

A drop in the bucket, and simply asking the able bodied to look for work.


21 posted on 09/20/2013 2:06:20 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Okay; trade in your Obamaphone for FOOD!


22 posted on 09/20/2013 2:18:23 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: massgopguy
Most states aren't that high.

The American people didn't just decide in 2008 that they didn't want to work. They were thrown out of work due to stupid government economic policies.

Blaming people when the jobs just aren't there, just delays recognizing the real solution and increases the pain of those of us having to help support the unemployed.


23 posted on 09/20/2013 2:25:08 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: massgopguy
Most states aren't that high.

The American people didn't just decide in 2008 that they didn't want to work. They were thrown out of work due to stupid government economic policies.

Blaming people when the jobs just aren't there, just delays recognizing the real solution and increases the pain of those of us having to help support the unemployed.


24 posted on 09/20/2013 2:25:08 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Tailgunner Joe

So basically, it would cut free alcohol and tobacco to food stamp recipients, correct?


25 posted on 09/20/2013 2:50:52 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: Sacajaweau

Yeah, then they have to drive to NJ or PA for some casino action.


26 posted on 09/20/2013 2:53:50 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3068878/posts

"The bill's savings would be achieved by allowing states to put broad new work requirements in place for many food stamp recipients and to test applicants for drugs. The bill also would end government waivers that have allowed able-bodied adults without dependents to receive food stamps indefinitely."

So are their constituents drug users or just able-bodied and lazy?

27 posted on 09/20/2013 3:11:18 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
“The proposed $40 billion in cuts to our nation’s first line of defense against hunger, SNAP, are heartless, unbelievable, and immoral,” Rep. Barbara Lee said. “We cannot balance our budget on the backs of our country’s children, seniors, veterans, and disabled. As a former recipient of public assistance, I know that I would not be where I am today if it were not for the vital lifeline that was extended to me by the American people...

Hey..Barbara...I got a hot flash for ya': If you're collecting a public paycheck, you're still on "public assistance. That's especially true if you call yourself a "member of Congress."
28 posted on 09/20/2013 3:32:31 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Milton Miteybad

Technicalities aside, they’re certainly both riding on the taxpayers’ backs and have lots of perverse incentive to feed one another’s evil wish lists.


29 posted on 09/20/2013 3:38:05 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: RightGeek

I’ve often wondered why these bennies aren’t tied into some kind of unemployment certification, as weak and as easily gamed as that is. Some kind of web site where you say where you applied for work each week, with possibility of spot check (even if it is really easy to provide the proof, such as a copy of a job ad and another copy of an email to the prospective employer).


30 posted on 09/20/2013 3:41:03 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: RightGeek

I mean, EVEN as weak and as easily gamed as that is.

Someone obviously caring, even if the situation is easy to cheat, is better than being utterly faceless.


31 posted on 09/20/2013 3:42:55 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

“Just think of how much money could be saved if EBT purchases were limited to the same foods Mrs. Obama is forcing on high school students...”

and...it would also solve the severe obesity problem that plagues poor states...because most of that food, of course, would wind up in the garbage, and the remainder of the food stamps would not be used!


32 posted on 09/20/2013 4:03:48 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Anecdotal evidence is that many among our poor are getting plenty to eat.

Yep - kind of hard to have an obesity epidemic, especially among the poor, when folks are starving.

33 posted on 09/21/2013 1:53:47 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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