In an article in the New York Times, it was reported that a bill, written under the direction of the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, would cut $40 billion from the food stamp program over the next 10 years. It would also require adults between 18 and 50 without minor children to find a job or to enroll in a work-training program in order to receive benefits.
“It’s a sad day in the people’s House when the leadership brings to the floor one of the most heartless bills I have ever seen,” said Representative James McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts. “It’s terrible policy trapped in a terrible process.”
The measure has little chance of advancing in the Senate, and Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigagan and the chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, called it “a monumental waste of time.”
Yes, the federal government has budget problems, but children didn’t cause them, and cutting anti-hunger investments is the wrong way to solve them,” said Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus Campaign for Children, a child advocacy group.
This to me, is a sad bill designed to hurt our nations children. I agree that changes are needed in the food stamp program, but this is not the way to do it. I wonder how others feel about this?
- US votes to cut food stamp benefits (bbc.co.uk)
- House Republicans Pass Deep Cuts in Food Stamps (amren.com)
- Republicans Pass Deep Cuts in Food Program (spyghana.com)