House Passes Gop Plan For $39b Cut In Food Stamps

When you look at the fact that this program was initiated and started to help those in need for a short period of time, this program will certainly do that after the reforms we put in place today. When food aid is discussed on Capitol Hill , the issue is entwined with farm subsidies because since the 1970s the two types of programs have been combined in a single piece of legislation, marrying the interests of rural and urban lawmakers. The Senate wants to continue that marriage. Cantor and other House Republicans prefer to deal with food aid for the poor separately from subsidies for agriculture. The House bill sets food and farm subsidies on different authorization timelines, a move that would permanently divorce them. Senate Bill The Senate passed a bill that seeks to make changes to federal crop-support and nutrition programs, including the food stamp cuts. That compares with fourfold bigger food-aid reductions in the House bill and $135 billion proposed in a budget the chamber passed that was written by 2012 vice presidential nominee Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin . These cuts would affect a broad array of Americans who are struggling to make ends meet, including working families with children, senior citizens, veterans, and adults who are still looking for work, the White House said in a statement against the bill that threatened a veto should it get to President Barack Obama s desk. Democrats in Congress have said they wont allow that to happen, and Republicans also said they expect this to be a starting point for House-Senate negotiations. I remain committed to getting a five-year farm bill on the books this year, House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas said. The vote was another step toward that goal. No Timeline Aides to House Speaker John Boehner , an Ohio Republican , and Cantor said they didnt have a timeline for when those discussions might formally begin. The latest extension of farm laws dealt with by the bills begins to run out Sept. 30. Senate Agriculture Chairman Debbie Stabenow , a Michigan Democrat, said passage of the House food-aid measure would make it harder for the House and Senate to agree to a comprehensive farm-and-food bill. Some advocates for programs to fight hunger are rooting for those talks to fail, which they say would force lawmakers to extend current policies.

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This is, to a large degree, either excess, overstocked, wholesome food that’s thrown out by grocers, etc. … at the end of the day because of the sell-by dates. Or [it’s from] growers that have product that’s nutritionally sound, perfectly good, but cosmetically blemished or not quite up for prime time. [So we] bring this food down into a retail environment where it can become affordable nutrition. A retail environment is a store … or a food truck or something like that? Yeah, it’s kind of a hybrid between a grocery store and a restaurant, if you would, because primarily it’s going to take this food in, prep it, cook it [for] what I call speed-scratch cooking. But the idea is to offer this at prices that compete with fast food. Since the food is past its sell date, is it safe to eat? Absolutely. As a matter of fact, if you have a product that says “sell by Sept. 1” or “Oct. 1” and, you know, it’s Oct.

EDT September 19, 2013 Bill demonstrates a bitter philosophical divide between Democrats and Republicans over the social safety net. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., crafted the House bill to cut food stamps by $39 billion over 10 years. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP) Story Highlights House bill offered by Republican leader doubled the cuts approved by the Agriculture Committee Democrats, including President Obama, are strongly opposed to the bill Bill must be reconciled with Senate bill that cuts $4.5 billion from food stamps SHARE 13447 CONNECT 795 TWEET 756 COMMENTEMAILMORE The House approved a Republican plan Thursday to cut food stamps by $39 billion during the next decade, setting up a showdown with Democrats over the program used by nearly 48 million low-income Americans. The House voted 217-210 for the bill that cuts nearly twice as much from food stamps as a bill the House rejected in June. It is also far more than a Senate measure passed earlier this year that would trim about $4.5 billion in spending. The bill failed to draw the support of a single Democrat, many of whom have said the steep cuts would erode a key safety net depended upon by families with children, seniors, veterans and people looking for work. Fifteen Republicans also voted against the bill. Republicans argued that the bill would restore the program’s original eligibility limits and preserve the safety net for the truly needy. The bill would cause 3 million people to lose benefits while another 850,000 would see their benefits cut, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. The White House threatened Wednesday to veto the bill, calling food stamps one of the “nation’s strongest defenses against hunger and poverty.” The battle over food stamps has left in limbo the future of farm policy, and slowed efforts to write a new five-year, $500 billion farm bill.