THE MINNESOTA BASHAW BLOG New Bill Proposed for EBT and Food Stamps
One of my loyal readers forwarded me a story about a subject that I wrote about some time ago that generated some steam. It appears Rep Phil Roe has proposed a bill that would require only healthy f... Posted on 9/12/13 at 12:12 AM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER U.S. House plans new farm bill without food stamps
By Don Davis
The Republican-controlled U.S. House planned today to debate farm funding programs over strong objections from Democrats, including the president.
A late Wednesday decision by the House R... Posted on 7/11/13 at 9:10 AM
Many of us agree that our country isn’t on a sustainable fiscal path. As our economy improves, we need to get our budget house in order and ensure that we have spending and revenues at reasonable levels so that we secure our long-term prosperity.
The taxpayer outlay for food stamps has more than doubled in the past five years, adding to our deficit and debt and doing nothing to help grow our economy and create jobs for the people needing assistance.
Rep. Kevin Cramer’s argument on this page is strong. But it lacks one key element: Significant Democratic support. If the House Republicans’ food-stamp reforms fail (and with them, the Farm Bill), that will be the key reason why.
For 16 days, American Indian families on North Dakota’s Indian reservations weren’t able to get help from the Bureau of Indian Affairs — leaving families hungry and without housing assistance they desperately need.
The October 1 deadline for Congress to finish work on the “Farm Bill” has officially passed with no resolution. But while Congress remains at a standstill, for millions of Americans the outcome of the more aptly termed “Food Bill” could be the difference between being able to put groceries on the table and going hungry.
North Dakota Democrats are denouncing Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer’s recent vote to reduce spending on the food stamp program and using the controversy to spur recruiting of a candidate to run against him in 2014. Two Grand Forks legislators appear to be on the short list.
A lot has changed since the era of Sen. Dole. In 1969, when he was elected, we spent $228 million on food stamps. Last year we spent $74 billion. Even adjusting for inflation, today we are spending 51 times more on the same program, and double the 2008 amount.
Supporters of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- food stamps -- worry that a heated debate underway in Washington could end with big cuts to the program when Congress considers changes to the program later this year.
The American medical community has been concerned for some time about the reality of hunger and malnutrition. Nutrition is paramount to health and survival, especially for young children who are more susceptible to illness and long-term health problems without proper nutrition.
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