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Republicans Nix Food Stamps: This Is Who They Are

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

They just passed a farm bill that included about $195 billion in subsidies to "farmers" (read: agribusiness) over 10 years, while eliminating food stamps and nutrition programs from the bill as "extraneous."

GOP Eyes Big Cuts

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House approval of a scaled-back farm bill is setting up what could be an even bigger fight over food stamps and the role of domestic foo...

Democrat Cries Foul In Congress: 'Shame On Republicans'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) sparked a congressional manners debate after she shouted "Shame on the Republicans" during a discussion of GOP farm legisl...

Arthur Delaney

House Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed farm legislation that, for the first time in 50 years, did not include food stamps ...

House Should Vote Down Stand-Alone Farm Bill

Bob Greenstein | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

For several decades, legislation to reauthorize farm programs and SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) have moved together.  Now, the House Republican leadership is splitting the bills. The reason is clear.

House GOP Dropping Food Stamps From Farm Bill

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders hoping to quickly recover from an embarrassing defeat on the House floor last month are preparing to split a ma...

The Farm Bill's Auspicious Death

Joel Berg | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Joel Berg

Even though some House Republicans voted against the most recent farm bill because it cut too little from SNAP, the bill's defeat is nevertheless a victory for the nation, forcing a serious national reassessment of the measure and its priorities.

Food Stamps May Be Split From Farm Bill

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are making more noise about dropping food stamps from farm legislation that previously failed to pass the House of Represent...

GOP Congressman Rails Against Conservative Groups: 'I'm Under Attack'

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) went after conservative groups in a town hall meeting on Monday, saying he was being assaulted by organizations like the He...

Epic GOP Bumbling Could Inadvertently Save This

Salon | Blake Zeff | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

There are lawmakers in the Republican Party who really hate the idea of the government helping poor people stay alive via eating. This disdain is seve...

Sam Stein

Tom Vilsack To GOP: The '80s Called, They Want Their Attacks On Food Stamps Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Republicans' obsession with cutting food stamps is symptomatic of a 1980s state of mind. "This...

Big Alliance Goes Down In GOP Failure

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa -- For decades, country and city interests had come together every few years to pass the farm bill, a measure that provided billions ...

Federal Log-Rolling and Agricultural Subsidies: Time to End the Farmers' Dole

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Congress is debating the so-called Federal Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act. More commonly known as the Farm Bill, it is a looting expedition, roughly 80 percent general welfare (food stamps, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and 20 percent farm welfare (agricultural price supports).

Arthur Delaney

House Republicans Might Take Food Stamps Cuts Out Of Farm Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the House of Representatives might move to separate nutrition assistance from agriculture subsidies, a move that would sp...

Why the Failure of the Farm Bill Was Good for Low-Income Families

Elizabeth Lower-Basch | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Lower-Basch

The Southerland amendment would have incentivized states to deny SNAP benefits to needy individuals and families by allowing the states to keep half the savings resulting from decreased SNAP payments, even though the federal government pays the full cost of SNAP benefits.

The Food Aid Bill: We Will Progress Step by Step

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Why are there so many efforts to impose means tests, drug tests, and other obstacles to eligibility for food stamps while the financial giants of this country were bailed out with a no-strings-attached $700 billion bailout in 2008?

Eat the Rich! How the Food Stamp Cuts Reflect an Emerging Front in the Climate War

Patrick Robbins | Posted 08.24.2013 | Green
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Patrick Robbins

Austerity, it seems, is being allowed to become our official policy with regard to hunger, which unfortunately makes it a de facto climate adaptation policy as well.

Michael McAuliff

Reid Vows No Bailout For Boehner On Farm Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned Monday that there would be no new bailouts for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) aft...

Scarecrow Boehner

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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The Real SNAP Challenge

Maya Rupert | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Maya Rupert

The difference between spending a week restricted to a $31.50 food budget and actually living that reality daily is the difference between being on a waterslide and trying to survive onboard a sinking ship.

Arthur Delaney

Republican Mocks Dems' Food Stamp Diets

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats say it's hard to feed a family on a food stamp budget, and for the past week more than two dozen have been eating on $4.50 a d...

Embarrassing House Rejection Leaves Few Options

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House's broad rejection of a massive farm bill could signal a shift in the way Congress views agriculture policy. Farm issues once ...

The Farm Bill Deserved to Fail

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Over the years, Farm Bill reauthorizations have systematically taken much of the risk out of farming, with large agribusiness not so much farming the land as farming the federal taxpayer.

In the Richest Nation in the World, Our Farm Bill Should Not Lead to More Hunger

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

I am not celebrating the failure of this legislation. We need a strong farm bill that gives assistance to farmers during times of drought, creates markets for local goods, protects our environment, and helps struggling families bridge the gap between hard times and a full dinner table.

Michael McAuliff

Food Stamp Cuts Derail Farm Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican and Democratic leaders waged a blame game Thursday after GOP-backed cuts to food stamps unexpectedly derailed a trillion-doll...