Another Insult to the Poor

20 September 2013 |permalink | email article

On Thursday House Republicans passed a bill that would drastically cut federal food stamps and throw 3.8 million Americans out of the program in 2014. This vote came two weeks after the Agriculture Department reported that 17.6 million households did not have enough to eat at some point in 2012 because they lacked resources to put food on the table It came two days after the Census Bureau reported that 15 percent of Americans, or 46.5 million people, live in poverty. Congressional Republicans have shown no inclination to end the automatic budget cuts that, if left in place, will lead to an estimated loss of 900,000 jobs in the coming year, keeping poverty high and incomes stagnant. A New York Times editorial on Friday noted there seems to be little Republican appetite for renewing federal unemployment benefits—a lifeline for millions of unemployed Americans—when they expire in 2013. That, of course, is of no concern to the Republicans’ dominant Tea Party. Against that backdrop, there is no justification for savaging the safety net and decimating the budget.

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