Date Posted:Tuesday, May 24, 05:47:51am Author:Dave Zitzkat Subject: Why Cutting Money for Food Stamps is a good Decision
The Republicans want to cut food stamp subsidies by 12%. Good Move.
What should be encouraged and subsidized is not meat and dairy, but fresh vegetables and fruit. If we cut food stamps by 12% will that mean better choices? Probably not. But what Congress should do is resist the meat and dairy lobbies and only allow purchase of some items with food stamps, i.e., nothing with cholesterol, no more than a few percent for oils or fats, fresh as opposed to canned anything, and nothing of questionable value. Milk, cream, meat of any kind, fish, and animal products banned. God knows we might actually get healthier people!
House GOP Proposes Budget Cuts To Domestic, Foreign Food Aid
By MARY CLARE JALONICK 05/23/11 11:05 PM ET
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are targeting domestic nutrition programs and international food assistance as they try to control spending in next year's budget.
In a bill released Monday, Republicans proposed cutting $832 million – or 12 percent – from this year's budget for the federal nutrition program that provides food for low-income mothers and children. The 2012 budget proposal for food and farm programs also includes a decrease of almost $457 million, or 31 percent, from an international food assistance program that provides emergency aid and agricultural development dollars to poor countries.
The legislation would provide $71 billion for food stamps, $2 billion less than the Obama administration projected would be necessary for next year.
Republicans who wrote the bill said the cuts in domestic food programs are taken from excess dollars in those accounts, and participants won't see a decrease in services.
Domestic nutrition programs are mined for dollars in tight budget times because they often have extra money sitting in their accounts. Money is allocated for the programs based on projections of need and food costs, and those needs are sometimes overestimated.
Hunger advocates have warned against stripping those programs of those reserves. Two analysts from the liberal research and advocacy group Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Zoe Neuberger and Robert Greenstein, said Monday that the cuts could mean turning away as many as 475,000 people from the Women, Infants and Children program if food prices continue to rise.
Almost 9 million low-income mothers and children participate in the WIC program, which provides food, health care referrals and nutrition education.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said the GOP budget "rolls back years of progress."
"This budget threatens the health and security of American families, while asking the most of low-income seniors and the most vulnerable among us," she said.
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AdvertisementAdvertisementThe bill would cut almost 12 percent of the Food and Drug Administration's $2.5 billion budget, with fees charging industry for regulation potentially making up some of that difference. The legislation also cuts rural development programs, rural housing programs and agricultural research programs administered by the Agriculture Department.
Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, the Republican chairman of the House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee, said the cuts would "root out waste and duplication."