How Should the Food Stamp Program Be Reformed?

House Republicans have begun the process of determining ways to make cuts in the $74 billion food stamp program, which has grown by 45 percent since President Obama assumed office.

The House Agriculture Committee, which oversees what is now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, kicked off a series of hearings on the issue even though caseloads actually plummeted by 11 percent in 2014 as the nation’s economy improved.

“SNAP has grown from a relatively small pilot program to the second largest federal welfare program, quadrupling in spending since 2001,” said Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), the committee chairman. “Everyone from recipients to taxpayers deserves an efficient program with a clearly defined mission.”

The program, Conaway asserted, has remained largely unchanged over the past 30 years despite “significant changes in the nation’s economy and the socioeconomic makeup of the American population,” leading to what GOP lawmakers maintain is a necessary review.

“We can all agree that no one ought to go hungry in America, and SNAP is essential in protecting the most vulnerable citizens during tough times,” Conaway said. “For many it is a vital lifeline to keeping food on the table. What we don’t want is for this program to hold people back from achieving their potential.”

There exists a role for SNAP, Conaway said, “but we need to have a complete and clear understanding of its mission and purpose.”

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), the ranking member, expressed no objections to the SNAP review but added, “I don’t think we should do anything,” noting that the issue received a thorough discussion during the most recent negotiations over the farm bill where an agreement was reached.

Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told the committee that SNAP has played a key role over the years in eliminating hunger and malnutrition and warned against wholesale change.

“I hope the committee will keep in mind the accomplishments the program has made and proceed with appropriate caution,” Greenstein said. “The well-being of millions of vulnerable Americans is at stake.”

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Food stamps should be OUTLAWED. Before government take over of our rights churches and charities did excellent job. Today people are not responsible and believe it is their right that other people support their actions.

Absolutely correct ! The entire welfare program should be abolished !

It's simple we help the hopeless and say to hell with the hapless sponges that sit on there asses wile we the Tax Payer pay for it , reinstate the work program and a time limit of two years and look at the multiple generations of welfare history, I have seen 2 and 3 generations living in the same house and each one collecting welfair and food stamps   but the best thing is stop the illegal amnesty for the illegal Mexicans and take that  $1 1/2 billion dollars we would spend on them to set up "Closely" watched to stop any fraud for jobs and educations programs aimed at "Cutting" welfare rolls !.

I agree with you.My mother raised 3 girls by herself on a nurse salary. She told us to never go on welfare or take anything from the state. She would say that when you do that they own you.

Lawrence, I agree too.  Food Stamps is just another instance of government taking over the charity business, but worse because it is a wealth redistribution program, which of course, necessitates theft.

ABSOLUTELY RIGHT

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY THAT IS HOW AMERICA WAS BUILT TODAY GOVT WANTS TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING NOT GOOD THEN NO FREEDOM FOR ANYONE 

THE IDEA OF BIG GOVT AS WE SEE IS LESS FREEDOM WHO WANTS THAT ONLY THE GOVT RIGHT OK.  THIS IS JUST A/O GOVT TAKEOVER OF PEOPLES FREEDOM.   GET RID OF IT.

The debit cards they get should be FOOD only and not lobster like I have seen in some welfare carts. No cash, liquor and selling them for cash would be a crime and take them off completely. If they keep popping out kids they only get welfare for 2.  I  know a woman who makes sure she always has 3-4 kids she can collect on. When one approaches the age where she cannot get $$ for them, she pops out another. Also, only CITIZENS get welfare and food stamp. Maybe we should not have to pay for our parks to get cleaned up. Get the able bodied on welfare and food stamps out to work for it.

MY REFORMS FOR FOOD STAMP PROGRAM:

1. ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD STAMPS OR ANY OTHER FREE ENTITLEMENTS FOR ANY ILLEGAL ALIENS IN AMERICA....NO EXCEPTIONS

2. FOOD STAMPS CAN ONLY BE USED FOR FOOD...NO LIQUOR, TOBACCO, GASOLINE,  ETC.

3. FOOD STAMPS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED FOR MONEY, OR ANY OTHER GOODS / ITEMS/SERVICES

4. FOOD STAMPS RECIPIENTS , MUST BE DRUG TESTED EVERY MONTH OR WHENEVER THEIR FOOD STAMPS ALLOTMENT IS RENEWED

5. ANYONE ON FOOD STAMPS, WHO IS UNEMPLOYED, MUST PERFORM SOME TYPES OF COMMUNITY  SERVICES.......UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THEY GET A JOB....AND ONCE EMPLOYED, ALL FOOD STAMPS MUST TERMINATE, IMMEDIATELY !!!!!

6. IF SOMEONE IS ON WELFARE OR ANY OTHER FREE ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS, THEY ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FOOD STAMPS.

Ralph. No food stamps or entitlements period. Our country was built on hard work and no food stamps and only those that needed it were allotted food. Today many making 40 to 50 thousand dollars are getting help. WHY>

That term has always bothered me too. It also bothers me that the welfare side of the budget is unassailable as well.

All forms of welfare corporate or individual should end.

Amen Ralph

The short time I worked as a cashier at my local supermarket I saw more people on welfare eat better than I the working person did. There is also two parts to the EBT~Food Stamp~Snap Card!  First there is the food only side. Then the same card comes with a pin number and CASH is loaded on it by our Government so one can purchase non-food items such as cigarettes, liquor or fast food items.

The cards should come with their picture on it! This way they can not sell them for cash only! I knew some one that did this! The cards should never be used in the same way as a debit card No CASH!

I also saw a lot of white foreigners come through. Speaking with a strong European Accent! Most likely  from Bosnia. What right do these people have to American Tax Dollars? They have never worked a day in America. or paid taxes.

Enclosing I'd like to say I am not a supporter of Welfare by no means. I do believe it should be shut down, However since our government insist on supporting these lazy fools at least make it as uncomfortable for them as it is for the working class. And why can't they be drug tested? I had to in order  get my job and at any point can be randomly tested?

As for collecting unemployment I have to prove every week that I did three job searches, attend a resource class, etc.. in order to get my weekly check for money that is collected every week out of my paycheck when I am working. Why make it so easy for them!

Just saying.

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Breaking — West Virginia Lawmakers Invite Persecuted Pro-Second Amendment Counties In Virginia To Join Their State

West Virginia lawmakers introduced legislation to invite persecuted pro Second Amendment Counties to join their state.

The West Virginia Senate adopted a resolution to remind Virginia residents from Frederick County that they have a standing invite — from 1862 — to become part of West Virginia.

West Virginia freedom fighters broke away from Virginia Democrat slave owners during the Civil War.

This week West Virginia has once again invited persecuted Virginia pro 2-A counties to come join their state.

Sounds like a winning plan!

Resolution 8 reads as follows:

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 8

(By Delegates Howell, Summers, Shott, Householder, C. Martin, Hott, Graves, Cadle, Barnhart, J. Jeffries, Maynard, Phillips, Foster, Hamrick, Steele, D. Jeffries, Wilson, Waxman, Bartlett, Paynter, Linville, Sypolt, Bibby, Hill, Ellington, Higginbotham, J. Kelly, Mandt, Pack, Dean and P. Martin)

[Introduced January 14, 2020]

Providing for an election to be had, pending approval of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a majority of qualified citizens voting upon the proposition prior to August 1, 2020, for the admission of certain counties and independent cities of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the State of West Virginia as constituent counties, under the provisions of Article VI, Section 11 of the Constitution of West Virginia

Whereas, The Legislature of West Virginia finds that in 1863, due to longstanding perceived attitudes of neglect for the interests of the citizens of Western Virginia, and a studied failure to address the differences which had grown between the counties of Western Virginia and the government at Richmond, the Commonwealth of Virginia was irretrievably divided, and the new State of West Virginia was formed; and

Whereas, Such division occurred as the Trans-Allegheny portions of Virginia perceived that they suffered under an inequitable measure of taxation by which they bore a disproportionate share of the tax burden; and

Whereas, That this perception was further compounded by the effects of a scheme of representation by which Trans-Allegheny Virginia was not allowed to have its proper and equitable share of representation in the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, That this arrangement arguably resulted in the tax dollars of Trans-Allegheny Virginia being used to enrich the Tidewater through internal improvements which did not benefit the people of Western Virginia, while the people of the Trans-Allegheny had little to no say in how their tax dollars were allocated; and

Whereas, Though this course led to an irreconcilable division, and the subsequent formation of West Virginia, yet, the longstanding peaceful cooperation between this State and the Commonwealth of Virginia is a sign that such separation, undertaken even under the most challenging and onerous of circumstances, can, with the passage of time, yield lasting results which are beneficial to both sides; and

Whereas, In the intervening years, the same neglect for the interests of many of the remaining counties of the Commonwealth of Virginia has allegedly been evidenced by the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, Particularly, many citizens of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont contend that an inequitable measure of taxation exists by which they bear a disproportionate share of the present tax burden of the Commonwealth; and

Whereas, The people of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont also believe that, currently, a scheme of representation exists by which the citizens of Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont do not have a proper share of representation in the government at Richmond; and, consequently

Whereas, The people of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont believe that their tax dollars are used to enrich the Tidewater and Northern Virginia through internal improvements which do not benefit the people of these other parts of Virginia, while the people of these other parts of Virginia have little to no say in how their tax dollars are allocated; and

Whereas, In recent days, these tensions have been compounded by a perception of contempt on the part of the government at Richmond for the differences in certain fundamental political and societal principles which prevail between the varied counties and cities of that Commonwealth; and

Whereas, In the latest, and most evident, in this string of grievances, the government at Richmond now seeks to place intolerable restraints upon the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution to the citizens of that Commonwealth; and

Whereas, The Legislative body of West Virginia believes that this latest action defies the wise counsel which has come down to us in the august words of our common Virginia Founders: as the government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of that tribune of liberty, Patrick Henry-who stated to the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788 that “The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of a Signer of the Declaration and premier advocate of American independence, Richard Henry Lee-who stated in The Federal Farmer that “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of that zealous guardian of our inherent rights, George Mason-who stated that “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of the declaimer of our independence and theoretician of our freedoms, Thomas Jefferson-who stated in his first draft of the Virginia Constitution, that “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms”; and

Whereas, The Boards of Supervisors of many Virginia counties and the Councils of many Virginia cities have recognized this dangerous departure from the doctrine of the Founders on the part of the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, These Boards of Supervisors and Councils have passed resolutions refusing to countenance what they affirm are unwarranted and unconstitutional measures by that government to infringe the firearm rights of Virginians; and

Whereas, The actions of the government at Richmond undertaken since the recent general election have, regrettably, resulted in unproductive contention and escalating a lamentable state of civic tension; and

Whereas, That, as has been proven in numerous instances, such as have been observed internationally in more recent times with the peaceful dissolutions of Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, and the creation of South Sudan, or, earlier in Virginia’s own history, with the formation of Kentucky, the peaceful partition of neighboring peoples can occur, and, is often very beneficial to both sides in reducing tensions and improving the tenor of discourse over ongoing political and societal differences; and

Whereas, Article VI, Section 11 of The Constitution of the State of West Virginia explicitly permits additional territory to be admitted into, and become part of this state, with the consent of the Legislature and of a majority of the qualified voters of the state; and

Whereas, In a spirit of conciliation, the Legislature of West Virginia hereby extends an invitation to our fellow Virginians who wish to do so, to join us in our noble experiment of 156 years of separation from the government at Richmond; and, we extend an invitation to any constituent county or city of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the body politic of the State of West Virginia, under the conditions set forth in our state Constitution, specifically, with the consent of a majority of the voters of such county or city voting upon such proposition; and we hereby covenant that their many grievances shall be addressed, and, we further covenant with them that their firearms rights shall be protected to the fullest extent possible under our Federal and State Constitutions; and

Whereas, Providing that the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall give its assent to any county or independent city presently part of the Commonwealth of Virginia having the opportunity and ability to do so, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia.

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