Friday, September 20, 2013

House Republicans Pass Deep Cuts in Food Stamps


2. Category of Issue: Health/Nutrition

3. National

4. Article concerns cutting of $40 billion worth of food stamps and new procedures required to receive food stamps.

5. During the next ten years, $40 billion worth of food stamps is going to be cut from the national budget. This not only affects the individual family immensely, this affects the children that are part of these families. The families affected will have to take drug tests, require adults without minor children to either find a job or enroll in a type of work-training course. With this bill, there is also a time frame that you have to be able to receive food stamps. A person can receive benefits for only a length of three months; this puts a restraint on children that depend on the money that their families receive from food stamps.

6. In the article, it mentioned, "it's time for Washington to measure success by how many families are lifted out of poverty and helped back on their feet, not by how much Washington bureaucrats spend year after year." I agree with this statement for the most part because the program should be focused on how many people it is helping out of poverty, rather than mainly focused on hindering families who need this food to survive. I do think that there should be some programs implemented for these people to receive benefits because some people do use the system to their full advantage and sometimes are more "well off" than people who do not receive benefits.

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