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Thursday, September 19, 2013

House Moves Farm Bill Reauthorization Forward with Passage of Nutrition Bill

House Moves Farm Bill Reauthorization Forward with Passage of Nutrition Bill
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today issued the following statement after voting to support H.R. 3102, The Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act. The measure passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 217-210

“There is widespread recognition among members in both parties of the need to move forward with updates to the nation’s agriculture and nutrition programs, both of which are in need of reform. The only way to achieve this end is to enact a new farm bill reauthorization. Today the House moved another step forward in this process.

“We have a moral obligation to ensure that the neediest of individuals receive basic nutrition. We also have an obligation to live within our means and ensure that government policies promote, rather than impede, economic opportunity. It is my hope that the House and Senate will be able to find common ground and produce a final package of reforms that achieves these goals.”

In specific regard to H.R. 3102, Thompson referred to the bill as “far from perfect”.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

In other words ... "We still get 100% of our pay and benefits, then what's left over the American public gets."

Anonymous said...

The "neediest of individuals" get help already. It's not my problem their/my money gets spent on pop, cigarettes and other junk food. The government needs to figure out a way to make sure these things do not get purchased with the public money.

Anonymous said...

Agreed 8:37. SNAP benefits should be for food, and food alone. BUt the bill just passed doesn't do this.

Anonymous said...

where is the part about making those on free money being fixed so they don't produce welfare dependent babies?

Anonymous said...

hey 10:05; you would have made a fine Nazi.

Anonymous said...

The SNAP program already includes provisions for back to work. Roughly 60% of all SNAP recipients are either elderly on fixed incomes, disabled and unable to work or too young to work living in poverty.

The remainder are the working poor and newly unemployed.

And even before this bill strips 4 billion a year from these benefits the average daily benefit is about $4.00 a day. Try eating 3 decent meals on $4.00 a day.

As far as fraud goes, the programs total fraud represents about 1% or 1 penny out of every dollar is wasted by abusers of the system. It's arguably the most efficient safety net program on the planet.

And seeing as these cuts represent about .0013% of the total federal budget, these cuts are NOT going to make a dingy dang bit of difference except to those who rely on them for their needs.

Can't we have a reality based discussion on this? Must we allow a single US Congress critter (yeah, the only one involved in the markup of this bill was Eric Cantor although he borrowed all his math from Paul Ryan).

There's nothing good about this legislation. It's sole purpose is to spite what others perceive as 'the liberal" while it relies upon unrepresentative anecdotal references to abusers that often have no basis in reality.

This bill is shameful and even borderline evil.

Anonymous said...

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I dun know what youz talking about.

I watched that thar tv show and theys told me libruls are destroying 'Merica with food stamps.

quit it with yer smarty pants words and wanting maths. if that thar obamas fer it, aaaaaahm agint it!