In a 217-210 vote, the House of Representatives voted to cut $4 billion, or 5%, from the food stamps program, which is currently used by one in seven U.S. citizens. House conservatives decided that the food stamp program was too fat and plans on putting all of those greedy, lobster buying food stamp recipients on a diet (sarcasm). Led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), took away nearly $4 billion from the $80 billion-a-year program.
One can only wonder where that $4 billion will go if the bill passes the Senate.
War. Helping other countries. Congressional salaries.
Conservatives are also the first to scream about the “fraud” issue facing food stamps. Before you start to scream, “BUST THE FRAUDING BASTARDS”, the majority of food-stamp fraud is made by supermarkets“trafficking” in the food stamps. Beneficiaries intentionally ripping off the taxpayers account for perhaps 1 percent of payments.
Hopefully Cantor will never go hungry or need government assistance. I mean, technically the taxpayers are already assisting him with his $193,400 a year salary.
“This bill is designed to give people a hand when they need it most,” Cantor said on the floor just before the bill passed. “And most people don’t choose to be on food stamps. Most people want a job … They want what we want.”
A job? Well ironically conservatives ruined that concept a long time ago. Maybe they forgot about the recession and the unemployment numbers that exist.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the bill is a “full assault on the health and economic security of millions of families.” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday that House Republicans are attempting to “literally take food out of the mouths of hungry Americans in order to, again, achieve some ideological goal.”
The measure has little chance of advancing in the Senate, and Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan and the chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, called it “a monumental waste of time.”
More useful government spending.