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Monday, September 26, 2016

Report Shames GOP Reps Who Voted To Cut Food Stamp Assistance To Millions Of Americans

Pork Barrel Politics

Representative George Miller (D-CA) released a report on Monday profiling 14 Republican representatives who voted in favor of the farm bill earlier this month for self-gain.

In his Pork Barrel Politics report, Miller charges these select Republicans with voting for a bill that they themselves benefit from, while eliminating assistance for millions of low-income Americans under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Miller writes in the report, “The 14 Republican members of Congress who voted for the FARRM Act and personally receive government subsidies have received an average of $515,279 in benefits.”

Earlier this month, House Republicans succeeded in passing the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act by a narrow 216-208 margin in the House. The final bill was stripped of food stamp and nutrition programs that assisted 47 million Americans. The bill had zero support from Democrats, and 12 Republicans voted against the measure because it didn’t make enough cuts.

Representatives voting in favor of the bill include Stephen Fincher (R-TN), who has personally received over $3 million in farm subsidies from the Farm Bill — yet represents a district where 22 percent of residents will see a cut to the SNAP benefits they rely on. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), John Kline (R-MN), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Tom Latham (R-IA), bill sponsor Frank Lucas (R-OK), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Kristi Noem (R-SD), Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), Mac Thornberry (R-TX), and David Valadao (R-CA) also voted in favor.

Miller explains in the report, “Since 1973, Congress has always included both farm subsidies and nutrition aid in the Farm Bill, but after an embarrassing defeat on the House Floor late last month, House Republican leadership stripped the entire nutrition title from the new Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act that narrowly passed the House with only Republican support.”

H.R. 2642 passed the House with $196 billion in subsidies that would solely benefit the wealthiest farmers and agricultural businesses. The same bill cuts $20 billion out of the food stamp program that benefits millions of Americans whose income falls below the federal poverty line. Last week, the Senate passed a more moderate version of the House Farm Bill totaling only $4 billion in cuts to the food stamp program.

Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said of the Farm Bill’s passage in the House, “The bill passed by the House today is not a real Farm Bill and is an insult to rural America, which is why it’s strongly opposed by more than 500 farm, food and conservation groups.” Stabenow continued, “We will go to conference with the bipartisan, comprehensive Farm Bill that was passed in the Senate that not only reforms programs, supports families in need and creates agriculture jobs, but also saves billions more than the extremely flawed House bill.”

The Senate and House committees now head to conference, where they will have only six legislative weeks before the current farm bill expires. In that time, they must agree on a bill that includes food aid, otherwise the tiny fraction of wealthy agricultural business owners — as well as the 14 affluent Republican members of Congress highlighted in Miller’s report — will benefit at the expense of millions of low-income Americans.

(Image via Congressman George Miller website /Pork Barrel Politics Report)

  • docb

    More of this..Call them out daily! 1.866.338.1015 or 1.866.220.0044.

    You do not have to call just your rep..They are elected to serve ALL THE PEOPLE…Which repub baggers have yet to do!

  • GreginPottsville

    Why not just give all Americans food stamps? Let’s just become communist, because it seems everyone wants to be taken care of anymore. 30 years ago, nobody would want to be seen with food stamps. Now, people’s cards are wearing out from years of use. For some reason, liberals see an increase in food stamps as progress.

    • gmccpa

      Nice knee jerk reaction. Here, why not read from the article and see if you can identify ‘who’ really gets take care of. And then take a ride in your car and see how someone like Fincher lives compared to a food stamp recipient.

      “Representatives voting in favor of the bill include Stephen Fincher (R-TN), who has personally received over $3 million in farm subsidies from the Farm Bill”

      • GreginPottsville

        The whole liberal agenda is to see how many people they can get on gov’t programs. The conservative measures success by how many people no longer need gov’t programs.

        • Independent1

          You just love to LIE don’t you Greg!! I just proved to you with statistics that it’s CONSERVATIVES that are BY FAR using government programs more than LIBERALS – they suck more welfare dollars, they suck more food stamps!! STOP LYING!!!!!!!!!

          • GreginPottsville

            Actually, you are the one who lied! Check out the actual recipients. Tally how many are democrats and how many are republicans. You are fooled by the red state blue state liberal propaganda. The truth is who actually receive food stamps, not what state they live in. You were fooled.

        • If PEOPLE want a piece of that pie all they gotta do is buy a farm! And get elected as GOP member of Congress and talk about cutting programs (unless its affects them).

          • GreginPottsville

            The funny thing about liberals is they think there is some “pie”. Wealth is not a piece of any pie. If that was the case, our GDP would be the same it was over 200 years ago. Wealth is “created”. It isn’t part of any fixed pie chart, making your comment meaningless.

    • Independent1

      Really!! Sorry but you just proved clueless again. Fact is, that it’s not LIBERALS that are getting the lion’s share of the food stamps -IT’S CONSERVATIVES!! Yep!! More than 70% of food stamps go to people living in RED STATES!! Although the 10 top states where people use food stamps are fairly well split – 6 red states to 4 blue states – after that, it’s the more rurual RED STATES that suck the most welfare and food stamps. And guess why!! It’s because nitwit Republican state legislators have cut budgets and state services so fast that they’ve thrown millions of RED STATE residents out of work and needing welfare assistance and FOOD STAMPS!! That’s why 21 of the 23 states with the highest levels of people living below the poverty level (more than 15%) ARE ALL RED STATES!! The only Blue States with more than 15% living below the poverty level are Calif & NY. And 8 of the 10 the states with the lowest percent of their residents living in poverty are BLUE STATES. And there are only 17 states that get less money back in federal aid than the tax dollars they send to Washington and of those 17 – 14 of them are BLUE STATES. And all ten of the states that actually send the most tax dollars to Washington to support the country are ALL BLUE STATES!!! BOY ARE YOU WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Lynda Groom

        Be careful for you might just further confuse folks with facts and figures. Too subtle for some to grasp.

        • Independent1

          Lynda, given that numerous studies have shown that Conservatives on average have lower IQs than Liberals I guess we need to be careful in giving them too many facts – it seems that most conservatives have a problem even agreeing that 2+2=4.

          • The GOP Voters watch too much FOX NEWS…

        • GreginPottsville

          Actually, Independent1 is the confused person. He or she assumes if a so called “Red State” has a lot of food stamp users, then they all must be Republicans on food stamps. I wonder what % of food stamp users vote Democratic? Don’t you? Or do you continue to be fooled?

      • GreginPottsville

        My goodness, you really have no idea how blind you are. I guess if a state is a red state, then only Republicans there get food stamps. No Democrats living in a red state would ever rely on food stamps. It is amazing how easily you are fooled by left wing drivel.

        • Independent1

          I’m not blind, it’s you Greg. If Democrats in Blue States are not
          using food stamps to excess, as is proven by the fact that Blue States use far fewer stamps than Red States, if Democrats in Red States are using them, which I’m sure they are, it’s because of the stupid policies of Red State Republican politicians!!!!!!!

          • GreginPottsville

            You want to compare New York and California to Tennessee and Mississippi? You really think that is an equal comparison? Compare populations and get back to me.

          • Independent1

            We’re comparing percentages of the population!!! As a percentate, Calif and NY are on the low side (around 17%), Tenn & Miss are both over 20% of their residents living in poverty and being eligible for food stamps.

          • GreginPottsville

            Bottom line is since 2008, food stamp participation has DOUBLED! And who is the President?

          • Independent1

            Yeah! Because Bush trashed the economy and threw 14 million people out of work and Red state nitwits threw hundreds of thousands of state workers onto unemployment and food stamps.

      • GreginPottsville

        I would love to see some relevant date, like what % on food stamps in those red states vote Democrat. You are the fool. As if everyone on food stamps in a red state votes Republican. That is foolish. I hope you didn’t teach statistics at any point.

        • Independent1

          You just don’t understand do you! SNAP usage is up dramatically since 2008 for 2 reasons: 1) Bush trashed the economy and put 14 million people of out work – millions still looking for work even though 7 million jobs have been created over the past 4 years and 2) Republican state legislatures implemented severe cuts to budgets and state services which threw hundreds of thousands of RED STATE government workers out of jobs and needing food stamps. The top 10 states using food stamps have 6 Red States and 4 Blue states but of the states that normally vote Blue 3 have had Republican administrations the past several years doing just what I said: these are Maine, New Mexico and Michigan. But here’s the list – and you have to be pretty stupid to believe it’s mainly people who vote Democrat in those red states who are sucking the food stamps (and I’ve included a comment from the Huffington Post where I got the statistics:

          State/% of residents on Food slamps

          !. Miss./20.7%
          2.Oregon/20.1%
          3.Tenn/19.8%
          4.New Mex./19.8%
          5.Mich./19.7%
          6.Louisiana/19.2%
          7.Kentucky/18.8%
          8.W.Va/18.7%
          9.Maine/18.6%
          10.S.C./18%

          General comment from article:
          States with smaller populations participate in food stamp programs most often, particularly in the South, where as many as 20 percent of the population is found to use food stamps.

    • Lynda Groom

      Do really believe that folks get up each morning and decide to remain in poverty so they can get a hundred bucks or so each month to feed their families? Seriously friend? What liberals see is there are entirely too many people falling through the cracks that need help in putting food on the table. The problem of an ever increasing number of folks on SNAP started well before a Democrat took over the White House in 2009.

    • Nice $3.7 million “family farm” you got there up in Crockett County, Stephen Fincher (R – Fuck Tha Poor).

  • GreginPottsville

    See what was spent before the “Great Society” programs started in the 1960’s. See what is spent today. How much has the poverty level changed?
    Liberals always want to throw money at things. Other people’s money at that. I rarely see these liberals volunteer. The only volunteering I see liberals do is volunteer themselves to sit at Starbucks and type how to spend other people’s money.

    • Independent1

      See my note to your comment below. If you’re talking about poverty, it’s red states that are kings of poverty – and if you’re talking about needing federal assistance – it’s red states again. Red states lead the nation if having the most states with people living under the poverty level and they lead the nation in sucking the most welfare dollars (as a percent of the taxes they pay) from Washington. Blue states generate BY FAR the most tax revenues to support the country. It’s not LIBERALS that are using other people’s money -IT’S CONSERVATIVES!!! Like millions of Americans – YOU ARE SO BLIND!!!!!!!!!!

      • GreginPottsville

        Yeah, California and NY are so tiny. Go back and see what macro means vs micro. I think you are the blind one here.

        • it’s only welfare if it goes to Poor. It’s tax relief when the money goes to the RICH.

          • Independent1

            Exactly!! Conservatives are all hypocrites!!!!!!

    • Independent1

      This may surprise you too – it’s red states that lead the nation in the number of homicides per 100,000 population. The GOP just loves the NRA and believes it’s lies about owning a gun will protect you from harm. If that’s the case, why do the red states which lead the nation in gun ownership also lead the nation by far in people being killed by guns – all those guns don’t appear to be protecting anyone. Of the 15 states with the highest homicide rates, 12 of them are red states and the red state of Louisiana leads the nation by far in homicides/100,000 population – it’s the only state where more than 10 people/100,000 are killed each year – actually the number there generally exceeds 11/yr per 100,000. And glorious red state of Mississippi comes in 2nd with more than 8 people killed/year/100,000. Great stats aren’t they??? Red states lead the nation in poverty, lead the nation in sucking welfare dollars, lead the nation in people being killed – wow!!! Really something to be proud of isn’t it!!!!!!!!!

    • Independent1

      I forgot to address spending – Do you even realize that the supposed great savior of the GOP (actually America’s worst president ever) Ronald Reagan, spent more money in his 8 years than all the presidents in office before him back to Hoover – combined?? Do you realize that Ronnie Boy virtually tripled the deficit he inherited from Carter, 800 bilion, to 2.3 trillion in 8 years?? And that Carter was the only president since the Great Depression to lower America’s debt to below 50% of GDP (he actually reduced it to 35% of GDP)?? And are you aware that it’s Reagan and the 2 Bushes that are responsible for more than 90% of our current 16.8 trillion in debt??? Apparently you’re so clueless you’re not even aware of that or you wouldn’t be brining up spending – because it’s the GOP that are drunken sailor spenders!!!

      • elw

        Yes, yes, yes. But of course you know that Conservative do not do math.

  • Lynda Groom

    Scum each and everyone. I hope that the voters in their districts are paying attention to the theft these clowns are pulling. Taking the taxpayers money while claiming to be fiscal conservatives and deficit hawks. A pox on all of them.

  • elw

    There are not enough words in the world to describe how despicable the representatives who removed the SNAP programs from the farm bill are.

  • New report titled “Pork Barrel Politics.” …14 GOP Congresscritters have raked in more than $7.2 MILLION in farm
    subsidies (aka welfare, also aka YOUR tax dollars) while they voted to
    completely gut food stamps for hungry kids. Hahahahaha, sucks to be poor
    and not a Member of Congress.

    • fenster77

      Sorry, but do you write for Wonkette, or do you just lift their content for your comments? I honestly don’t know.

  • So we live in a country when GOP MILLIONAIRES walk the halls of
    Congress, vote for bills that literally, actually line their own pockets
    with hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars, and then try to deny
    food assistance to 47 MILLION AMERICANS….

    Thank you, Rep. Miller, for bringing this study to light.

  • So how will this affect the talking points GOP reps were supposed to
    take home with them during the break? They can’t credibly argue that
    Washington is broken when for the right people it so clearly does work.

  • Tell US please, Rep Miller, where do the 14 GOP hypocrites keep their million dollar combines and other farm equipment?