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GOP Senate candidate compares food stamp recipients to wild animals

A Republican candidate for U.S. Senate compared food stamp recipients to wild animals in a Facebook post. Dr. Annette Bosworth, who is running for South Dakota’s open Senate seat against four other Republicans, shared a viral image Monday on her personal page on the social media network, reported Right Wing…

Congress passes bill cutting farmer payments and SNAP benefits

The US Congress passed a massive, long-overdue bill Tuesday that overhauls agriculture policy, including halting direct payments to farmers. The five-year $956.4 billion measure, which also reforms the food stamp program for the poor to save $8 billion, marks a rare point of cooperation among bitterly divided lawmakers. It passed…

U.S. food banks struggle to meet new demand caused by food stamp cuts

Across the country, food banks that were already struggling to feed the millions of U.S. citizens who need nutritional assistance are now bracing for a surge in demand for help as deep cuts in the food stamp program take effect. According to NBC News, one in seven Americans will be…

Republican congressman tells constituent asking about food stamp cuts: ‘Let him not eat’

A Facebook question from a Bismark, North Dakota resident to his congressman started off rockily yesterday, when the congressman dismissed a religious argument opposed to cuts in the federal food stamp program with a religious quote. “2 Thessalonians 3:10 English Standard Version (ESV) 10 For even when we were with…

If Paul Ryan really listened to Pope Francis he would oppose cruel cuts to food stamps

Pope Francis’s Message to Ryan (via LA Progressive) As Congress considers cruel and barbaric attacks against the poor embodied by efforts to impose massive cuts in the food stamp program — cuts that would make the poor more poor, the hungry more hungry, the needy more needy and the ill…

GOP rep.: Slashing food stamps by $40 billion means ‘more money’ for the hungry

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MA) on Thursday asserted that cutting $40 billion from the food stamp program over the next 10 years would actually provide “more money” to hungry Americans. A bill introduced by House Republicans this month almost doubled the cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) proposed earlier…

Congresswoman to attempt to live on $4.50/day food budget

California Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier has announced that for a week, she will attempt to live on the same amount of money allotted to recipients of SNAP, the California food stamp program. San Francisco’s Channel 7 news reports that SNAP (which stands for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) provided $136.75 per…

GOP welfare bill mostly harms poor children: hunger-relief group

WASHINGTON – A hunger-relief group expressed deep concerns with a House GOP bill that would cap spending on food stamps, fearing it would target the least well-off and disproportionately harm children. “We’re very concerned that the food stamps provisions take us in exactly the wrong direction given the economic climate…

NY seeks to ban sugary drinks from food stamp buys

NYC seeks to ban food stamp recipients from spending them on soda, other sugary drinks. New Yorkers on food stamps would not be allowed to spend them on sugar-sweetened drinks under an obesity-fighting proposal being floated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson. Bloomberg and Paterson planned to announce…

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