As real wages continue to decline, the food stamp economy is booming. This is the second part of the Marketplace series “The Secret Life of a Food Stamp.” You can listen to the series here.
The biggest winners of the SNAP economy are the ones the government won’t tell you about. This is Part I in the Marketplace series “The Secret Life of a Food Stamp.” You can listen to the series here.
Can Coloradans purchase their new-fangled recreational marijuana with food stamps? The Associated Press calls it "an urban myth." The U.S. Department of Agriculture's guidance appears pretty explicit in forbidding anything like the procurement of narcotics, even legal ones, with government benefits. But Fox News is still sounding the siren that taxpayer dollars could be paying for people to smoke up.
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on Wednesday introduced legislation to require food stamp recipients to produce a valid photo ID every time they purchase food with their Electronic Benefits Transfer card. Under the Food Stamp Fraud Prevention and Accountability Act, anyone caught using someone else’s EBT card illegally would be banned from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. "Using a photo ID is standard in many day-to-day transactions, and most of those are not exclusively paid for by the taxpayer dollars," Vitter said in a press release Wednesday. "Food stamps have more than doubled in cost since 2008 and continue to grow in an unsustainable way.
On Wednesday, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) introduced a bill that would force recipients of food stamps to show a valid photo ID to buy food. Anti-hunger advocates say that because many poor people cannot afford to purchase government IDs, the requirement would make it harder for low-income Americans to eat.
North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Greg Brannon has an interesting argument for eliminating food stamps: "slavery." In a videotaped interview with the North Carolina Tea Party in October, Brannon, a Rand Paul-endorsed doctor who is top contender for the GOP nomination to take on Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, cited James Madison in making the case for abolishing the Department of Agriculture—and with it, the $76 billion-a-year Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. Brannon has a real chance of winning: A December poll from Public Policy Polling found the GOP primary field split but showed him leading Hagan, 45-43.
Research shows the much-maligned aid to the poor buys broad economic and public health gains.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) on Thursday held up steak, vodka and caviar during her House floor speech in an effort to shame Republicans who want to slash $40 billion from the food stamp budget, while they continue to go on “lavish” trips financed by taxpayers and other groups.
So, asked whether Republicans were insensitive to the poor, Steve King couldn't even get through a full sentence without injecting race and ethnicity into the question, as if poverty were only an issue for African-Americans and Latinos. But what King either doesn't know or willfully ignored is that there are more non-Hispanic white people receiving food stamps than African-American and Latino people combined. In fact, in his congressional district (now Iowa's 4th, but it was Iowa's 5th when these statistics were published), 85 percent of food stamp recipients were non-Hispanic whites.
The agenda of the radical right, and the play book they are using to accomplish it. And pointing out the obvious,that if we do not wake up in time,we WILL wake up on the outside.The House "budget" is mentioned as an example.This site doesn't sugar-coat much.
Mar 16, 2011 - Introduced in House. This is the original text of the bill as it was written by its sponsor and submitted to the House for consideration. This is the latest version of the bill currently available on GovTrack.