According to Reuters,
Food stamps would see the largest cut, $16 billion over 10 years, in the House farm bill – $2 billion more than for farm subsidies and nearly half of all the savings in the bill.
The cuts, mostly in eligibility rules, are estimated to reduce enrollment by 5 percent. A near-record 46.2 million people, or one in seven Americans, received food stamps at latest count. Enrollment rises during economic distress, such as the current lingering high unemployment.
If enacted, the food stamp cuts would be the largest since $27 billion in a deficit-reduction package in 1996, said the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
While House Speaker, John Boehner said that “an awful lot of good work” went into the bill, he also said, “no decisions about it coming to the floor at this point.”
Exactly right. I’m not expecting it to come to the floor till after the elections. This is part of the reason for a lack of trust in people claiming conservatism and then backing off because of the political “blowback” that will come from standing on principle, rather than play politics.
Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “I don’t know if it will even come to the House floor to be voted on,” and also claimed the cuts in the farm bill “are totally unacceptable.”
I suggest that Rep. Boustany get that bill passed into law and begin docking Pelosi’s pay for failing to show up at votes.
During an Agriculture Committee marathon hearing that began to Wednesday to draft the farm bill, Republicans said the cuts were common-sense reforms to control an expensive program that cost $75.6 billion last year. Food stamps account for most of the $491 billion cost of the five-year farm bill.
While the Democrat led Senate wanted to cut the food stamp program by only $4 billion, the House wants a greater cut of $33 billion.
Democrat Rep. Rosa Delauro said, “We have to stop these immoral cuts.”
What about the immoral spending? What about the immoral taxing of hard working Americans in order to pay for people’s porn, jewelry, tattoos and other frivolous items from the food stamp program? The only immorality going on here is government taking money from some people and giving it to others who have not earned it.
Democrat Jim McGovern said, “These cuts will mean less food for hungry Americans, period.”
No Mr. McGovern food will be the same as it always has been. The point is for the majority of these people on food stamps, they will need to get off their backsides and actually go find a job and earn a living and their daily bread.
I agree with Republican Frank Lucas who said, “I believe this is the direction we must go to restore confidence in these programs to our fellow citizens across the country.”
Now the question comes up, why won’t the House push their agenda here? If you ask me, it should have been done decades ago.