The House passed a bill cutting funding for food stamps by $40 billion over a decade. Expect to hear the liberals start screeching about how Republicans want to starve children. Actually, it’s already beginning.
Senate Democrats have made clear they won’t agree to cuts of the magnitude passed by the House.
“Not only does this House bill represent a shameful attempt to kick millions of families in need off of food assistance, it’s also a monumental waste of time,” Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) said in a statement after Thursday’s vote.
The bill doesn’t just cut funding willy-nilly. Part of the savings comes from a work requirement.
About half of the bill’s $39 billion in savings comes from a measure ending states’ ability to waive a federal requirement that “able-bodied” people without dependents work at least 20 hours a week or be in job training in order to receive food stamps. Currently, states with a jobless rate above 10% can exempt some people.
What’s wrong with that? Why shouldn’t people receiving money from their fellow citizens be asked to work for it? That’s how we taxpayers earn the money that gets distributed to them.