So, that happened. This week, the Republican-led House Agriculture Committee began what they termed a "top to bottom" review of the federal food stamp program. In a surprising twist, the committee's new management struck a soft and empathetic tone toward a government program they'd previously demonized.
Listen to this week's "So, That Happened" below:
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Some highlights from this week:
“People who resent this will not be happy until the supplemental nutrition assistance program is changed from SNAP into the beans and rice program, or BARP.” -- Arthur Delaney
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are teaming up on a plan to bring more security to retirees by making it harder for fly-by-night financial advisers to screw their clients for their own personal gain. But why did dozens of Democrats sign a letter opposing this idea?
“This is the biggest thing Obama has done on financial reform since Dodd-Frank. It’s basically the only thing he’s done, but it’s a pretty big deal.” -- Zach Carter
Finally, the 2016 invisible primary continues, and the big winner this week, we are told, is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Of course, this only lasted until the Republican contender compared Wisconsin protesters to Islamic State terrorists. We'll also remind you that it is February of 2015, because sometimes it seems we forget that.
“He beat down a recall election. He’s taken all sorts of fire and all he’s done is impress donors and become a conservative folk hero. Scott Walker is the one guy who doesn’t have to pretend that he took 2012 seriously. Scott Walker is the ‘Bold As Love’ campaign.” -- Jason Linkins
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