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    Politico: House GOP takes another cut at food stamp bill

    House GOP takes another cut at food stamp bill - David Rogers - POLITICO.com

    House Republicans are proposing to double their food stamp savings to nearly $40 billion by rolling back waivers for able-bodied adults and targeting funds to states that are willing to impose greater work requirements on the parents of young children.

    The prime mover is Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) who helped jettison the nutrition title from the House farm bill last month and is now trying to write his own version before the House goes to conference with the Senate.

    Cantor has used a select working group of conservatives to help shape the package but shows signs now of reaching out to party moderates as well. And his goal is to have legislation in hand which the House can vote on in early September when it returns from the August recess.

    The prime target appears to be able-bodied beneficiaries under 50 years old and without dependents ó a population that has grown significantly since 2008 because of the bad economy and increased state waivers of a 20-hour-a-week work requirement.

    By rolling back these waivers, large savings are possible, essentially by forcing millions off the rolls if they donít find work after three months. Unless approached with some care, the impact could be severe in areas of chronically high-unemployment, such as the Rio Grande Valley, poor urban areas and Indian reservations, for example. And the final details of the bill have not been made public.

    A second area of more modest but still controversial savings would come from using federal funds to pressure states to take a more aggressive welfare reform-like approach imposing work requirements on able-bodied parents with young children.

    Currently Washington provides a 50 percent match for states that spend their own funds for employment and training programs for food stamp recipients. As proposed now, the bill would only provide this aid if the state is willing to operate welfare reform-like work activities for mothers with children over 1- years-old.

    This is a significant expansion of the current food stamps work rules, which exempt mothers with children under 6.

    The current federal match for such employment and training aid is expected to run near $230 million in 2014. New York and California would be most impacted by the provision since they are much more invested in such programs and receive the lionís share of the federal match.
    besides the obvious fact that some of the rules in this food stamp bill targets new york and California, how does cantor think that this bill's controversial cuts and provision will survive if the house goes into conference with the senate.

    the senate and house variations of the farm bill are miles apart, not to mention that house separated the food stamp and farm subsidies were split into two separate bills, while the senate covers both issues in the same bill.

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    Re: Politico: House GOP takes another cut at food stamp bill

    House Republicans are proposing to double their food stamp savings to nearly $40 billion by rolling back waivers for able-bodied adults and targeting funds to states that are willing to impose greater work requirements on the parents of young children.
    Lets see now, most people on food stamps are already working two jobs and still can't make ends meet which is why they rely on food stamps...and congress thinks they need to get another job? When will they have time to spend with and raise their kids?


    Congress should be forced to spend a month in a poor single mother's shoes.

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    Re: Politico: House GOP takes another cut at food stamp bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    House GOP takes another cut at food stamp bill - David Rogers - POLITICO.com



    besides the obvious fact that some of the rules in
    this food stamp bill targets new york and California
    , how does cantor think that this bill's controversial cuts and provision will survive if the house goes into conference with the senate.

    the senate and house variations of the farm bill are miles apart, not to mention that house separated the food stamp and farm subsidies were split into two separate bills, while the senate covers both issues in the same bill.
    Unlike poor red states, New York and California pay more than their share in federal taxes than they get in return. If I were them, I'd say screw congress and only pay what the red states pay and use the extra money on their own states.

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    Re: Politico: House GOP takes another cut at food stamp bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    Unlike poor red states, New York and California pay more than their share in federal taxes than they get in return. If I were them, I'd say screw congress and only pay what the red states pay and use the extra money on their own states.
    Why not get rid of the entitlements altogether?
    I don't often change my signature, but this was just too over the top to let anyone forget with what this country is up against...
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    Re: Politico: House GOP takes another cut at food stamp bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    Congress should be forced to spend a month in a poor single mother's shoes.
    Poor single mothers have shoes?? What a great country.
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    Re: Politico: House GOP takes another cut at food stamp bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    House GOP takes another cut at food stamp bill - David Rogers - POLITICO.com




    besides the obvious fact that some of the rules in this food stamp bill targets new york and California, how does cantor think that this bill's controversial cuts and provision will survive if the house goes into conference with the senate.

    the senate and house variations of the farm bill are miles apart, not to mention that house separated the food stamp and farm subsidies were split into two separate bills, while the senate covers both issues in the same bill.



    I doubt that this will help the GOP win many elections.




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    Re: Politico: House GOP takes another cut at food stamp bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    Unlike poor red states, New York and California pay more than their share in federal taxes than they get in return. If I were them, I'd say screw congress and only pay what the red states pay and use the extra money on their own states.
    That would put them in rebellion against the federal government and invite military intervention. Please see: Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, et al.
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    Re: Politico: House GOP takes another cut at food stamp bill

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    I doubt that this will help the GOP win many elections.
    no but it helps them win primarys, and that seems to be the only thing that matters nowadays.

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    Re: Politico: House GOP takes another cut at food stamp bill

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    Why not get rid of the entitlements altogether?
    Why, so we can watch people beg for food on every corner?

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    Re: Politico: House GOP takes another cut at food stamp bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    That would put them in rebellion against the federal government and invite military intervention. Please see: Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, et al.
    The federal government is busy trying to force the red states to comply with federal law. Hows that working out?

    Do you think the federal government wants to destroy their two biggest sources of revenue?

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