Oh SNAP! White House Threatens to Veto House Farm Bill
The White House is threatening to veto the House version of the farm bill, citing its 3 percent cut to food stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP). But consider this: The cost of the program has doubled in the last five years, costing $80 billion last year, and a record 47.8 million Americans now use the program—a 70 percent increase since 2008. If the economy has “vastly improved,” as White House Press Secretary Jay Carney put it, shouldn’t we be able to afford a 3 percent cut to food stamps?
WHITE HOUSE THREATENS TO VETO HOUSE FARM BILL OVER 3 PERCENT CUT TO FOOD STAMPS
White House Threatens Veto to House Version of Farm Bill, Citing Cuts to Food Stamps. “The White House is threatening to veto the House version of a massive, five-year farm bill, saying food stamp cuts included in the legislation could leave some Americans hungry.” (Mary Clare Jalonick, “White House Threatens Veto of House Farm Bill,” The Associated Press, 6/17/13)
House Farm Bill Food Stamp Cuts Amount to 3 Percent. “The legislation would cut $2 billion annually, or around 3 percent, from food stamps and make it harder for some people to qualify for the program.” (Mary Clare Jalonick, “White House Threatens Veto of House Farm Bill,” The Associated Press, 6/17/13)
FOOD STAMP PROGRAM COST HAS DOUBLED AND RECORD NUMBER OF AMERICANS ON FOOD STAMPS
Cost of Food Stamps Doubled in Last Five Years. “Food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, cost almost $80 billion last year, twice the amount it cost five years ago.” (Mary Clare Jalonick, “White House Threatens Veto of House Farm Bill,” The Associated Press, 6/17/13)
Record 47.8 Million Americans on Food Stamps, Up 70 Percent Since 2008. “Enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as the modern-day food-stamp benefit is known, has soared 70% since 2008 to a record 47.8 million as of December 2012.” (Damian Paletta and Caroline Porter, “Use of Food Stamps Swells Even as Economy Improves,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/27/13)
· The Wall Street Journal: “140% Increase in Food Stamp Use Since 1990” (Phil Izzo, “Number of the Week: 140% Increase in Food Stamp Use Since 1990,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/8/13)
ECONOMY IS UP… AND SO IS FOOD STAMP USAGE?
President Obama: “[W]e Have Recovered Faster, We Have Gone Further, Our Economy Is Doing Better Than Just About Every Industrialized Country In The World, Or At Least A Large Portion Of Them.” (Remarks by the President at a DCCC Event, WhiteHouse.Gov, 5/30/13)
FLASHBACK: “Carney: Economy Has ‘Vastly Improved’ Since Obama Was Sworn In” (Ian Schwartz, “Carney: Economy Has ‘Vastly Improved’ Since Obama Was Sworn In,” Real Clear Politics, 7/21/2011)
The Wall Street Journal: “Use Of Food Stamps Swells Even As Economy Improves” (Damian Paletta and Caroline Porter, “Use of Food Stamps Swells Even as Economy Improves,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/27/13)
MSN Money: “A Record 47.8 Million People Are Enrolled In The Program Despite The Recession’s End And A Stronger Economy.” (Aimee Picchi, “More Americans than ever using food stamps,” MSN Money, 4/28/13)
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