Farm bill freezes out food stamps
July 11th, 2013
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House Republicans stripped food stamp provisions opposed by conservatives and narrowly passed scaled back legislation on Thursday to overhaul the nation's farm programs.

Democrats chastised the GOP for ignoring initiatives they argue poor Americans need to keep from going hungry.

The vote was 216-208 and no Democrat voted for it. Twelve Republicans opposed the bill.

Debate on the floor was raucous and Democrats several times angrily screamed at Republicans and accused them of dismissing the needs of low income Americans.

"You have removed food stamps ... from this legislation. I don't know where it is going to go. It looks like it is going to die a slow death. It is despicable. What is it about poor people that you don't like?" North Carolina Democratic Rep G.K. Butterfield said to House Republicans.

Democrats decried the decision to discard a bipartisan framework and instead move forward with a vote only on sections of the bill focused on farm supports.

Read - U.S. House approves farm bill without food stamp aid

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Kim stevens

    The pro- lifers don't advocate for abortion. But what of the children after they are born. Do we really want our kids in the UNITED STATES IF AMERICA to go to bed and wake up hungry. Does this not bother people, am I the only one to whom sees this as a terrible thought. I believe we can do better we can teach families to grow food by providing more garden areas in the cities and rural areas, But don't make children in this county go hungry. Do we not set an example to other countries, and has the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA sent food to foreign countries to feed others. What are we doing if we can't take care of our own, maybe provide families that do not make enough money on minimum wage to feed their children a opportunity by gardening provided by the U.S GOVERNMENT. So think about what our county is doing to their own citizens and the messages that are being provided, Go ahead and have children but were not going to help you those kids can just go hungry. Well I say this is sad and we should be ashamed of ourselves.

    August 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
  2. blerg

    end the corporate welfare, end farm subsidies!!!!!!

    July 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
  3. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Good ole Republicans at "work" again. I can't wait to see that "party" dismantled. Palin is helping that along, lol.

    July 13, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
  4. Mike

    Yet another disgraceful act by an incompetent Congress. All of us recognize that the budget needs to be cut. However, I don't want my neighbors to go hungry. We're a better country than this.

    July 13, 2013 at 11:34 am |
  5. Ted

    What a aweful goverment we have. If the foodstamps are gone forever, many of the already poor will die lack of food. The Republicans don't understand about what there going to do, kill off americans, working class american families that can't make ending meet already. The House Republicans get taxpayer money and do eat very well beef steaks every night and butlers serving them. Also, they eat at expensive Restaurant on the taxpayers dime. The Republicans just want to see all the poor americans die so they can fund more multi-billion wars and give billions and billions to fund Foreign countries. It just needs to stop!

    July 13, 2013 at 9:52 am |
  6. George

    I think CNN needs to do an in-depth story of Representative Stephen Fincher (R) of Tennessee to help Americans understand how dysfunctional the whole farm subsidies program is. Fincher, a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and a vocal proponent for cutting food stamps, has on the other hand received ~3.5 million (1999-2013) in federal subsidies for his farm according to the Environmental Working Group.

    July 13, 2013 at 5:06 am |
  7. Pella

    Disgusting a-holes. A direct attack on the poor and poor working class. You take away food from the hungry, starving people will act in desperation (eat the rich). The masses are being disenfranchised while the rich are protected and coddled along with big business, wars-for-profit, and ivory tower politics. What will it take for the masses to get angry enough to revolt? The US government does not care about most of its citizens, this is clear. It's time we stopped supporting a government that is trying to exterminate or enslave a large percentage of the populace.

    July 12, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  8. sim namore

    Ah. Good ole Family Values? Maybe e pinch of 'compassionate conservatism" on the side? Lol. Give me that ole time religion, right boys? Hahahahahaha. What would Jesus do? Gosh, I can't say–was Jesus packin? Hhahahahahahaha. Suffer the little children.......BWAH!!!!! Hahahahahahahahahaha!
    It just gets better every day–even by the hour. Keep it up GOP. Please. Just keep doin' what feels good. Yeah.

    July 12, 2013 at 10:58 am |
  9. Jerv

    "overhaul the nation's farm programs." Anytime politicians start talking about overhauling, streamlining, updating, consolidating, privitazing, revamping, improving, modernize, renew, solidify, or just open their mouths, get ready for a royal skrew job.

    July 12, 2013 at 7:25 am |
  10. belinda

    I think farming is important. It is a business , just like any other. Is it more important than using our tax money to feed children ? Absolutely not. 83% percent of farmers are white. Not very equitable, if you ask me. Farmers are out for themselves, why should we subsidize their business's? No one helps subsidize my husbands. It's welfare for the middle class and it's time for the gravy train to stop.

    July 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
    • sim namore

      Well, as it turns out, these interests are utterly integrated. I once had a well-to-do uncle. He was a wheat farmer and had a great deal of land. Back in the late 60s and 70s he constantly complained about welfare mothers and other such burdens on the corporate state–and were he alive today he would, I am certain, be making the same complaints. Through all of this he never mentioned even once that the government was paying him well over 100K/yr NOT to plant. NOT to farm. He also failed to understand the most basic premise of the market: those welfare mothers he hated so much were the ones buying his limited crop and making him a wealthy man; this, while the government poured money in his other pocket for not farming. Something else about him: during the Depression when no one had any money, he did. He bought land then, for next to nothing–lots of it, so that by the 60s he owned vast amounts. Here was a welfare case of enormous proportions, one who never for one fleeting instant understood his own role in the 'welfare state' he pretended to loathe.

      July 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        Sounds Republican.

        July 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
    • Alex

      "83% percent of farmers are white"

      And that has to do with what exactly? I didn't realize there's a law banning minorities from owning or operating farms. Stop bringing race into something that has nothing to do with it.

      July 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      You just won the Dumbest Post on the Internet Award. Congrats.

      July 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
      • Jerv

        Yeah, right. Get a life poser.

        July 13, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
        • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

          XD

          It's me.

          July 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
        • RichardHead@Jdizz

          You obviously missed the Memo on playing nice with the original Klatch posters. Perhaps you were somewhere else when it was posted?

          July 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
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