Senate rejects Gillibrand’s SNAP plan


WASHINGTON – Congress appears almost certain to cut the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program formerly known as food stamps.
For House and Senate lawmakers debating legislation to reauthorize federal agricultural and nutrition programs as part of a five-year farm bill, the choices may be the $4.1 billion in SNAP cuts contained in the Senate version, the $20.5 billion in SNAP reductions over 10 years approved by the House Agriculture Committee or something in between.
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand failed Tuesday in a long-shot effort to eliminate the smaller cuts in the Senate bill.
The Senate voted 76-20 to reject Gillibrand’s proposal to eliminate the SNAP cuts by cutting money from the federal crop insurance program instead. Her proposed cuts would have affected guaranteed profit margins for insurers but not payments to farmers.
Even so, Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas said changes to the crop insurance program would endanger Midwestern farmers who have experienced three years of drought.
“I just think she is misinformed and hasn’t read the bill,’’ Roberts said.
He dismissed Gillibrand’s argument that $4.1 billion in SNAP cuts would reduce average monthly benefits for 500,000 people — including 300,000 in New York — by $90.
“No, no, no,’’ Roberts said. “We’re not cutting anybody’s benefit.’’
The legislation would eliminate the so-called “heat and eat’’ program in which families who qualify for the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) automatically are enrolled in SNAP.
Gillibrand said the heat-and-eat automatic enrollment process was “designed for efficiency’’ and often includes families whose heating bill is part of their monthly rent bill.
“Losing $90 a month in food assistance may not sound like a lot to some people,’’ Gillibrand said. “But if you’re a parent who’s trying to protect your children and feed them good, wholesome, nutritious food, or a senior on a fixed income, it means everything in the world.’’


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  1. Lynda J. Folk on

    Monsanto slide its icy tentacles into the food chain!
    “We now have an extensive list of politicians getting paid cold hard cash from GMO juggernaut Monsanto.”
    “Looking at these figures, over $260,000 was openly pumped into the House, and $122,000 was pumped into the Senate. And again, this is openly!” SHAME on you – Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY) $1,000! and – Bill Owens (D-NY) $2,000! “list of politicians getting paid cold hard cash from GMO juggernaut Monsanto.
    Keep in mind these are the figures we know, which means that behind the scenes expect these numbers to multiply extensively. But what is most amazing is that these politicians just don’t care that you know they’re receiving thousands of dollars from Monsanto!”
    “Can you imagine how much they must pay these politicians to shoot down GMO labeling bills that 90 PLUS PERCENT OF THE ENTIRE COUNTRY WANTS ?”

  2. Lynda J. Folk on

    STATES already have the right to enact mandatory GMO labeling laws, just as they’ve passed nearly 200 other state laws governing food safety and agriculture. State GMO labeling, and other food safety and food labeling laws, are guaranteed under the Constitution! But with so many states threatening to actually pass GMO labeling laws, the biotech industry is fighting back. Realizing that they can’t fight GMO labeling laws in every state, they’re coming after states’ rights. Vermont-Monsanto threatened to sue the state, causing the Governor to back down. Arguing against the Sanders Amendment (that would protect rights to label), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the chair of the Agriculture Committee, said that the amendment “ . . . would interfere with the FDA’s science-based process to determine what food labeling is necessary for consumers.” Stabenow’s statement shows either her IGNORANCE of, or dismissal of, the existing scientific evidence that GE food has been LINKED TO EVERYTHING FROM ALLERGIES TO KIDNEY FAILURE TO CANCER, let’s not forget bodies are already enbomb before they get to the undertaker! AND SHE took in $739,926 in campaign contributions from Big Ag in 2012. Or that Bill Gates is a Monsanto shareholder.