The House voted 217-210 yesterday along party lines to slash $40 billion out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly called food stamps.
All Democrats voted against the measure. All but 15 Republicans, mostly from the Northeast, voted for it.
For commentary, we refer you to Tom Colicchio, the well-spoken head judge on Top Chef and husband of documentary filmmaker Lori Silverbush, who made the powerful film A Place At the Table last year about hunger in America.
All house republican who voted for a 40 billion cut to SNAP are pro hunger
— Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio) September 19, 2013
In a special piece of cognitive dissonance, Republicans during the floor debate claimed it was a jobs program because the bill forces recipients to work or get job training before receiving benefits. The bill had zero dollars dedicated to fund job training.
It's also at this time we would remind you that West Tennessee Congressman Stephen Fincher, who also voted to cut SNAP, has received $3.48 million in farm subsidies since 1999, including one check for $70,000 in 2012. It's a good thing he was in Congress yesterday, fighting to keep people from taking advantage of the government's largesse.