As Congress Targets Food Stamps, Working Poor Get Whacked Again

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
By Paul Martin

Jon Queally
RINF Alternative News
Jan. 28, 2014

Both major political parties agree: What poor and working-class Americans need is to be kicked in the face

A new compromised Farm Bill that passed the House of Representatives on Monday and has received backing from prominent senators of both parties will make deep cuts to the nation’s food stamp program, betraying the rhetoric of both Republicans and Democrats who say they would like to address issues that plague working people or the rampant income inequality pervasive in the U.S. economy.

As the bill—which would cut $8 billion (a full one percent) from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (known as SNAP) over ten years—now heads to the Senate, new data reported by the Associated Press on Tuesday shows that the food stamp program is increasingly being utilized by working class Americans, those stuck in low-wage jobs, drowning in debt, and unable to get by in an economy in which the wealthy are lavished with subsidies and tax breaks while workers, students, the elderly and the poor get further squeezed.

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