Farm Bill Passes Senate With Cuts To Food Stamps And Giveaways To Monsanto

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 5:52 am

The Senate has passed the Farm Bill which includes $8 billion of cuts to food stamps and $7 billion of increases to agribusiness. President Obama has said he will sign it into law. Game over. The talking points on the bill are that it changes direct subsidies to farmers with increased crop insurance which is [...]

House Farm Bill Includes $8 Billion Of Cuts To Food Stamps

By: Monday February 3, 2014 10:30 am

After extensive negotiations and public shaming the House of Representatives did what it was going to do anyway and cut food stamps. So just be happy the bill only cuts food stamps by $8 billion instead of the $39 billion the Republicans initially wanted? Yes, in a time of record poverty and high unemployment one [...]

Cuts To Food Stamps Taking New Form, Eliminating Heating Subsidies Loophole

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 8:38 am

While Congress may be interested in blowing over $600 billion to subsidize defense contractors in fighting the non-existent Soviet Union, the food stamp program is facing the knife. Now you might note that the Pentagon can’t account for trillions (with a t) of dollars and the fraud rate for SNAP is 1%, but whatever. We [...]

New Cuts To Food Stamps Come At Worst Time

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 11:35 am

While Congress obsesses over the imagined perils of rich bondholders – aka “the debt” – real Americans struggling to feed their families got another kick to the teeth this month. On November 1st the federal government rolled back food stamp benefits for all 47.6 million people who receive them. The 5.5% reduction in benefits will [...]

House Votes To Cut Food Stamps By $40 Billion

By: Friday September 20, 2013 5:50 am

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Yesterday, in act of extreme viciousness and cruelty, the House of Representatives voted to give those already down a swift kick to the teeth. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and backed solely by Republicans in a 217-210 vote, cuts $40 billion [...]

Wal-Mart’s Loss In Fight For Lower Wages In DC Concerns Congress

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 9:56 am

Wal-Mart, which repeatedly ranks amongst the richest companies in the world, has a pretty clear business model. The model is structured on getting slave-labor based suppliers to underbid each other, fleecing Wal-Mart’s low level workers, and destroying competitors – usually local businesses – through monopoly pricing power. Needless to say it is not surprising that [...]

Farm Bill Set to Expire as Congress Leaves for Elections

By: Friday September 21, 2012 7:08 am

Today is the last day of the legislative session before Election Day. Lawmakers will go home to campaign on September 21, which is the earliest date during an election cycle in decades. And they leave a lot of pending legislation on the table. As John Boehner announced in the above clip, the House plans to [...]

House Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill With Food Stamp Cuts

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 11:45 am

The House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the farm bill yesterday, setting it up for passage in the House and a contentious fight over food stamp cuts that could affect up to 3 million recipients. The House bill, which passed 35 to 11, would reduce food and nutrition spending by more than $35 billion, [...]

Liberals Protest Food Stamp Cuts in House Farm Bill

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 6:22 am

The Senate already passed a farm bill that cut food stamps by around $4.5 billion. The House’s version is even more punitive, and House Democrats are upset that their leader on the Agriculture Committee let it go through without putting up much of a fight. Liberal Democrats are fuming over $16 billion in cuts to [...]

Republican Farm Bill Seeks More and More Food Stamp Cuts

By: Friday July 6, 2012 7:35 am

The House Agriculture Committee leadership released their version of the farm bill late yesterday, and the main difference from the version that passed the Senate concerns food stamps: The legislative draft envisions reducing current food stamp spending projections by $1.6 billion a year, four times the amount of cuts incorporated in the five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm [...]

FLASHBACK: Dems Promised to Restore Food Stamp Cuts from 2010

By: Friday June 22, 2012 7:04 am

Arthur Delaney fires some shots: In order to help pay for a series of high-priority spending bills in 2010, congressional Democrats raided future funding for food stamps, promising to put the money back before any cuts took effect. Now that the cuts are around the corner, Democrats aren’t talking about replacing the money. Instead, they’re [...]

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