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    Boehner Seeks to Keep States From Avoiding Food-Stamp Cut

    House Republicans should act to block states from avoiding $8.6 billion in food-stamp cuts lawmakers enacted last month, House Speaker John Boehner said.

    “Since the passage of the farm bill, states have found ways to cheat, once again, on signing up people for food stamps,” Boehner told reporters today in Washington. “And so I would hope that the House would act to try to stop this cheating and this fraud from continuing.”

    At least six states including New York and Pennsylvania are triggering extra federal nutrition spending by adding money to a home-heating subsidy tied to increased U.S. food-stamp aid. The guidelines are included in a revamp of agriculture policy enacted last month.

    The other states include Connecticut, Oregon, Montana and Rhode Island. More states are considering the approach, thwarting deficit-conscious lawmakers in Congress who thought that setting a higher threshold for food stamps would reduce spending on the benefits.

    Federal spending on food stamps -- formally called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP -- has more than doubled in the past five years, with most of the money spent at retailers including Supervalu Inc. (SVU) and Kroger Co. (KR) The program cost a record $79.9 billion in fiscal 2013, almost one-eighth of the roughly $650 billion a year Americans spend on groceries.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0...stamp-cut.html
    i wonder why Boehner is so upset?
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    Re: Boehner Seeks to Keep States From Avoiding Food-Stamp Cut

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    Because he loves to screw the poor and even some of his buddy Republican governors have found and are utilizing a workaround that assures that the poor continue to eat comfortably. He's made no bones about his hatred of impoverished and unemployed.
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    Re: Boehner Seeks to Keep States From Avoiding Food-Stamp Cut

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Because he loves to screw the poor and even some of his buddy Republican governors have found and are utilizing a workaround that assures that the poor continue to eat comfortably. He's made no bones about his hatred of impoverished and unemployed.
    he can't really believe that the states are "cheating" on the farm bill?
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    Re: Boehner Seeks to Keep States From Avoiding Food-Stamp Cut

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    he can't really believe that the states are "cheating" on the farm bill?
    I've learned that conservatives can convince themselves of just about anything to rationalize their hatred.
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    Re: Boehner Seeks to Keep States From Avoiding Food-Stamp Cut

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    I've learned that conservatives can convince themselves of just about anything to rationalize their hatred.
    well how can they rationalize the fact that the states are legally avoiding the need to cut food stamps
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    Re: Boehner Seeks to Keep States From Avoiding Food-Stamp Cut

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    well how can they rationalize the fact that the states are legally avoiding the need to cut food stamps
    There is no need to cut food stamps. There are tons of MIC projects and corporate subsidies that can be cut, but foot stamps do not need to be cut. Apparently many governors have made the same observation.
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