Bill To Cut Food Stamps Passes In The House

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The House passed a bill cutting funding for food stamps by $40 billion over a decade. Expect to hear the liberals start screeching about how Republicans want to starve children. Actually, it’s already beginning.

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Senate Democrats have made clear they won’t agree to cuts of the magnitude passed by the House.

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“Not only does this House bill represent a shameful attempt to kick millions of families in need off of food assistance, it’s also a monumental waste of time,” Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) said in a statement after Thursday’s vote.

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The bill doesn’t just cut funding willy-nilly. Part of the savings comes from a work requirement.

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About half of the bill’s $39 billion in savings comes from a measure ending states’ ability to waive a federal requirement that “able-bodied” people without dependents work at least 20 hours a week or be in job training in order to receive food stamps. Currently, states with a jobless rate above 10% can exempt some people.

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What’s wrong with that? Why shouldn’t people receiving money from their fellow citizens be asked to work for it? That’s how we taxpayers earn the money that gets distributed to them.

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