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'No Precedent' For Proposed Cuts To Food Stamp Benefits

To help prevent a pair of domestic spending bills from adding to the national budget deficit, Democratic leaders in the Senate have proposed cuts to future food stamp funding, saving $14.1 billion over 10 years.

Several Democrats have said they'll prevent the cuts -- which will phase out a stimulus bill provision that increased families' monthly food stamp payments -- from ever taking effect. So are the planned cuts nothing more than an accounting gimmick to win "yes" votes from deficit hawks, or are they a serious threat to families who rely on the money to feed their children?

"I do believe [the Democrats] are sincere in not wanting these cuts to go into effect, but I'm concerned that, when the time comes, they won't be able to find a way to put the money back," said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior policy analyst with the Center for Law and Social Policy. "There's no precedent for this."

In April 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act boosted monthly benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) by 13.6 percent. As economic misery has worsened, participation in SNAP has risen since then from 34.4 million to 40.8 million as of May 2010. That's one of every seven Americans.

With the stimulus bill provisions, the average benefit is $133.77 per month. If the cuts take effect, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) estimates that a family of four will receive $59 less per month starting in November 2013. It's not the first time an unkind change has been made to food stamp policy, but experts say it would be the first time ever that beneficiaries would receive less money from month to month under the program.

"The raid on SNAP must stop," said FRAC in a statement. "These are real cuts with real impact on low-income households who, for the first time, will see their benefits fall from one month to the next."

Cutting the elevated SNAP funding to pay for a state aid bill "is one of the more egregious cases of robbing Peter to pay Paul," wrote Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Jim McGovern (D-Ma.) in a letter signed by 106 other Democrats protesting the cuts to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

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Food stamps are seriously abused

My tax money is going to feed people a bunch of garbage, toxic waste. I believe in the concept of Food Stamps. I don't want anyone in this country to go hungry. However, Food Stamps are not going to prevent hunger, they are going to feed addictions to garbage. They should only be used for basic staples, not refined, processed crap. I am so disgusted at what I see in people's shopping carts that use Food Stamps. Then they need massive health care dollars because of the poor health that that garbage promotes. We could save a lot of money if they would only allow food stamps to be used for real food.

Healthnut4freedom

The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment...Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are His delight. Prov 12:19,22

I have never used food stamps--

but I know some fragile people who do (seriously handicapped/disabled)--

it is very hard to see; the people I know ate better BEFORE they began to use food stamps, so I have also seen this.

I am not sure what can be done, though, because I believe the PTB want the garbage foisted on vulnerable people.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

just as long as *we* don't take the . . .

bonuses away from the CEOs of the biggest companies--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

..much less all overseas

..much less all overseas spending..