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This year, House Republicans broke the linkage, raising the possibility that a stand alone SNAP bill will not get through Congress.
"The increase was especially pronounced during the recent deep recession, suggesting that many people have turned to SNAP because of underemployment for example, when one wage earner in a two parent family lost a job, when a worker's hours were cut or when a worker turned to a lower paying job after being White Converse Mens Ebay
We bring all of this up because food stamps are under siege in Washington. Having lost a bid to cut $20 billion from the program, House Republicans have doubled the stakes and want to cut $40 billion.
We're not going to get into that last argument. As for the role of government, we believe strongly it has a duty to see that no one goes hungry. The Converse Trainers Leather claim of laziness is the easiest to address because it is refuted by cold hard facts.
Instead of arguing over how much less to spend on SNAP now, however, Congress would be better advised to concentrate on measures that create good jobs so that future SNAP spending decreases on its own.
Farm state interests figured that would get urban delegations to support payments to farmers. It did.
For political reasons, food stamps have been in the farm bill since the program was established in the 1960s.
That would not end the program, as the money is in an appropriations bill, but it would be a step in the wrong direction.
not providing meaningful work for millions of people.
The increase has occurred in part because of the millions of jobs lost in the Great Recession and the accompanying sharp increase in the numbers of working poor.
Advocates of cutbacks cite the manner in which SNAP spending has increased, largely due to the Great Recession and the not so great recovery. In 2000, there were 17.2 million people on the rolls, compared with 46.6 million in 2012.
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The Center for Budget and Policy Priorites, in a report from January of this year, noted "The overwhelming majority of SNAP recipients who can work do so. Among SNAP households with at least one working age, non disabled adult, more than half work while receiving SNAP and more than 80 percent work in the year prior to or the year after receiving SNAP. The rates are even higher for families with children more than 60 percent work while receiving SNAP, and almost 90 percent work in the prior or subsequent year.''
We should be concerned about the skyrocketing SNAP spending, It shows us that our employment programs, such as they are, are Converse All Star White High Top
"The number of SNAP households that have earnings while participating in SNAP has been rising for more than a decade," according to the Center on Budget and Policy Converse Rose
One opponent even said food stamps were against God's will.
The conventional wisdom among foes of the program is that these are people too lazy to get off their duffs and get a job. Some argue that nutrition is not the business of government.
Nationwide the numbers are equally staggering.
In North Carolina as of July more than 1,700,000 people were receiving food assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. That's up from 1.6 million a year ago.
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