MSNBC host Ed Schultz excoriated House Republicans on Thursday for taking time off while budget cuts affecting not only America’s working poor but the business sector were set to be implemented on Friday, while hiding behind what he called trumped-up political issues, or their own faith.
“This is the scandal,” Schultz said. “This is the most kicking the least right in the teeth for no reason at all other than unmitigated greed.”
Activists have described the $5 billion reduction to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as “close to catastrophic” for many participants, since it will mean they will have around $1.40 to spend per meal, and losing an estimated 2 billion meals next year. Lawmakers are also scheduled to debate whether to cut another $40 billion from the program as part of a new Farm Bill later in 2013. The cuts are set to take effect at midnight Thursday night, while the House is off until Nov. 12, Schultz noted.
However, Schultz argued, it won’t just be 47 million Americans being affected, but 250,000 grocery stores and supermarkets who accept SNAP credits as payment.
Schultz also played a montage of clips of House Republicans painting participants in the SNAP program — also known as “food stamps” — as leeching off of government benefits, noting that the average member of Congress makes $174,000 a year, along with health care benefits and a pension.
“In order to qualify for food stamps, an individual has to make less than $15,000 a year,” Schultz pointed out. “This is the focus of the Republican party and all of those politicians you just saw talk? This is their focus? This is what the conservatives are all about? They are heartless.”
Watch Schultz call the Republicans out for their attacks on the poor, as aired Thursday on MSNBC, below.
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When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was gaming out the plan for impeachment hearings, she took a somewhat surprising step by placing the Intelligence Community front and center in the proceedings as it pursues the Ukraine investigation. And on Tuesday, after a long day of testimony from four critical witnesses, Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) delivered an impassioned speech that exemplified why Pelosi entrusted the trying task of leading the effort to him.
Schiff thanked Ambassador Kurt Volker and White House aide Tim Morrison for their testimony, noting that Volker had debunked Republicans' attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden.
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"Now, let's just be honest, the shakedown -- that's exactly what it is -- the shakedown is exposed, people," Lemon said.
"And the evidence comes from the Republican's own witnesses," he noted. "The former envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker -- who resigned just one day after the release of the whistleblower's report -- telling the president's defenders exactly what they did not want to hear."
"They called him apparently expecting him to say what he said in his closed-door testimony, that he saw no evidence of a quid pro quo, or let's call it for what it is again -- a shakedown," he continued. "Well, now he says he was wrong."
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"You responded to a series of questions about the call and saw nothing wrong with it, yet you skipped your chain of command to go to legal counsel to find out — I guess to find out what to do, because you were concerned about the political fallout, not about anything being appropriate or wrong with the call, is that correct?" asked Demings.