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Why Washington Is Cutting Safety Nets When Most Americans Are Still in the Great Recession

Robert Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

It's easy to blame Republicans and the right-wing billionaires that bankroll them, and their unceasing demonization of "big government" as well as deficits. But Democrats in Washington bear some of the responsibility.

Nearly 48 Million Americans to See SNAP Cuts Beginning Today

Stacy Dean | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Stacy Dean

On top of the cuts beginning today, SNAP is facing even deeper cuts as Congress debates the future of the program.

'Poor People Do Not Deserve to Have Children'

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
J. Mijin Cha

The greatest commonly shared story in this country is economic insecurity. If you think poor people don't deserve to have children, the problem is not SNAP or the people that rely on it to survive. The problem is you.

Arthur Delaney

Democrats Protest $5 Billion Food Stamp Cut They Voted For | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of nine Democratic members of the House of Representatives held a press conference outside the Capitol on Tuesday to demand Cong...

Don't Cut Food Stamps, Dem Senators Urge Negotiators

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

Congressional negotiators should reject food stamp cuts, a coalition of liberal senators urged Monday. Republicans and Democrats from the House an...

Small (Minded) Government Hurts Women

Stephanie Schriock | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Stephanie Schriock

Women are more likely to rely on SNAP because they earn less and are often solely responsible for taking care of their children. But Republicans don't seem interested in promoting real solutions to these problems.

Arthur Delaney

GOP Rep Says His Constituents Could Dodge Food Stamp Cuts | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After the House of Representatives voted to cut food stamp funding by 5 percent last week, Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) trumpeted the legisl...

Whited Sepulchers in the House

Kerry Walters | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Kerry Walters

H.R. 3102's sponsor, Oklahoma's Frank Lucas, is a Southern Baptist. Nearly all the House members who voted for his bill also call themselves Christian. Some of them do so loudly and often.

Sinful Pope Should Address a Joint Session of Congress

Christopher Cocca | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

The focus of his papacy is squarely on God's preferential option for the poor and on works of mercy, justice, compassion, and love as being at the heart of the Gospel and, dare I say, at the heart of Jesus.

An Act of God

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

When someone is starving, a good society feeds them first. And asks questions later. Hint: sometimes, when you actually do it, it makes the person all the more grateful. When you give from your heart and from goodness.

Why The Poor Don't Work, According To The Poor | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact

Conservative Republicans have officially made it their mission to end food stamps as we know them. Such was evident last week, when the House GOP vote...

A Bad Week for America's Invisible Men and Women, and for Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

Lester & Charlie | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Lester & Charlie

Recently, Congress decided that cutting $40 billion from the food stamps program would be a good idea. After all, that budget works out to a whole couple of bucks a day for a portion of the 40+ million Americans living below the poverty line.

The Party of Mammon

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

While many Republicans like to pose as the "Party of God," what they actually show themselves to be, day after day, is the Party of Mammon.

Arthur Delaney

Food Stamp Surfer Responds To The Haters | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jason Greenslate is America's most famous food stamp recipient. Fox News profiled the 28-year-old San Diego resident in two August s...

Republican SNAP Cuts Make It Harder for Local Governments

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Americans who need food stamps are not the welfare queens Republicans so famously tout as the epitome for reform. Food stamp recipients are our children, our seniors and our disabled.

So Much for 'Compassionate Conservatism'...

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted yesterday to cut $40 billion from food stamps. In doing so, they decided to rewrite Marie Antoinette. "Let them eat nothing."

On Behalf of the Kids Whose Families Depend on Food Stamps

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

She had a cart full of groceries and she was judging our family based on the jar of pickles and food stamps. I did not understand what I had done wrong. As I grew older I dreamed of finding my voice in that line.

Paying Is the Problem

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Speaker Boehner had eight years to cut spending and pronounce "spending is the problem." But he spent instead of paying for government, adding $5 trillion to the debt.

Latino Poverty Remains Too High Three Years Into Recovery: Latinos Want Good Jobs, Not Cuts

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.19.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Instead of helping, Congress is on the brink of enacting more job-killing budget cuts and slashing such lifelines as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps.

SNAP Challenge Begins to Take Its Toll

Bob Aiken | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Bob Aiken

Not getting enough of the right types of food slows down my thinking and dampens my effectiveness at work -- for kids, not getting enough to eat has even broader consequences as it impacts their development, ability to achieve in school and physical health throughout their life

Playing Games With Our Kids: Moms vs. Congress

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Moms care for our kids every day. Don't we have the right to expect our representatives in Congress to care for our nation, and take up the challenge of doing the hard work of substituting automatic budget cuts for a fair and balanced budget?

Food Insecurity Grows As House Weighs Food Stamp Cuts

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 09.12.2013 | Business

A growing percentage of Americans are struggling to put food on the table, but that's not stopping the House of Representatives from considering drast...

Arthur Delaney

House To Vote On Food Stamps Cuts Amid Syria Furor | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debate in Congress over whether the United States should bomb Syria may be diverting attention from the economy at home. While the H...

Mysterious Fliers Threaten To Name People On Food Stamps

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

An unknown person has been leafletting Portland, Ore., neighborhoods with fliers that threaten to publicly name local recipients of food stamps and di...

57,000 Reasons to Support Early Learning

Sally Steenland | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

Like so many political battles these days, the gap between bipartisan support for preschool programs and cutting 57,000 kids from Head Start defies logic and common sense.