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  • Joel Berg discusses the proposed cuts to food stamp programs on MSNBC

    June 24, 2013

    On Thursday, the House of Representatives rejected the farm bill 195 to 234. The bill, backed by the Berg_Joel_by_Kathryn_Kirk_USETHISRepublican party, called for a 20.5 billion dollar cut in food stamp programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which would have left 2 million men, women, and children without assistance.

    The bill also included controversial amendments, calling for states to authorize drug testing for anyone applying for food stamp programs, as well as an amendment banning those convicted of violent rape, murder, or pedophilia from being eligible to receive aid. What these amendments ignore are the families, especially the children, who are effected by these exclusions and left without food in their stomachs. Denying families food stamps and barring them from programs such as SNAP also limits what other assistance programs they may qualify for, including free or reduced lunch in public schools. Despite the fact that there is no evidence to show criminals or drug users are more likely to use food stamps than non-criminals and non-drug users, there is a constant effort by the supporters of these major cuts to equate criminality with the need for food stamps, ignoring the rest of the population who work full time—or more— and are unable to provide food for their families.

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