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Trump Urges Lawmakers to Push One Million Americans Off Food Stamp Program 3.8.2018 Truthout.com
Trump is pushing Congress to pass the measure seven months after passing the GOP tax law.

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How SNAP and Medicaid Work Requirements Will Hurt Workers 2.8.2018 American Prospect
trickle-downers.jpg On any given day, you’re likely to interact with a lot of people who work in the low-wage labor market. They’re the laborers you pass on the street, the retail clerks in a shop you frequent, the cooks or wait staff at a restaurant you like. They might be your family, friends, and coworkers. Maybe you yourself work in one of these occupations—after all, many millions of Americans do. While conservatives might paint adults who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly called food stamps) benefits and Medicaid as idle people who don’t want to work, the data don’t validate that assumption. Adults who rely on SNAP and Medicaid for help paying for their groceries and health care are often those same low-wage workers. But their work is largely volatile and unstable, and it comes without such key work supports as paid sick and family leave and affordable child care. That’s why the recent policy push to institute harsh work requirements in both SNAP and Medicaid is ...
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The SNAP Crisis at Farmers Markets Across the Country 19.7.2018 American Prospect
Edwin Remsberg / VWPics via AP Images Crates of green peppers, cucumbers, peaches and tomatoes for sale at a farmer's market in Westminster, Maryland  It’s a sunny Friday afternoon in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where the North Side farmers market sets up each week. As shoppers mill about to music that’s wafting over from a nearby festival, a long line has formed at the tent operated by Just Harvest, a local anti-hunger nonprofit. Surrounded by a couple dozen vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses, jams, and jellies, Just Harvest staff assist recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, previously called food stamps) so that they’ll be able to use their SNAP benefits to buy any fresh food item at the market. But farmers’ business at the North Side market and other such markets across Pittsburgh—and the thousands of SNAP participants that buy from them—are currently threatened by an Agriculture Department contracting decision. Because of a change in ...
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The cruelty extends beyond immigrant kids 25.6.2018 The Moderate Voice

WASHINGTON — President Trump has a special animus toward immigrants, but the children of those crossing our borders are not the only vulnerable people in his sights. His administration is waging a less visible war on our nation’s poorest citizens, with the complicity of its Republican allies in Congress. We can welcome the fact that […]

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GOP-led House passes farm bill 22.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The Republican-led House has narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients.
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The Senate Is About to Vote on its Farm Bill. What the Hell Is the Farm Bill, Anyway? 13.6.2018 Mother Jones
Every five years or so, Congress takes up a massive piece of legislation known as the farm bill, which covers everything from supporting farmers to ensuring that those short of food don’t go hungry. The cost of the bill is nearly $100 billion a year. Right now, Congress is in the middle of the farm-bill […]
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UN to vote on resolution on link between conflict and famine 24.5.2018 Washington Post: World
The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote soon on a resolution recognizing the link between conflict and the threat of famine.
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House farm bill fails as conservatives revolt over immigration 18.5.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Disputes over immigration and food stamps doomed the measure. Every Democrat and 30 Republicans voted against the bill.
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Conservative revolt over immigration sinks U.S. House farm bill 18.5.2018 Denver Post: Business
In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country.
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In blow to GOP, House fails to pass massive farm bill in face of conservative showdown 18.5.2018 Washington Post
Republican leadership negotiated with conservative lawmakers up to the final minutes before the vote but were unable to placate those demanding commitments on immigration.
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6 things to watch in the House Farm Bill 18.5.2018 Washington Post
The bill, authorized every five years, involves way more than agriculture — such as requirements for food stamps and school lunches.
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Tougher work rules for food stamps won’t help poor people — or save much money 18.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Unemployment is at a record low. The U.S. economy has logged nine straight years of slow-but-steady growth. Yet somehow, 40 million Americans need help from the government just to put food on the table. Although that figure is down from its post-recession peak of 47.6 million in 2013, it’s still...

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Republicans want Big Government, too. They just want it to help fewer people. 18.5.2018 Washington Post
Republicans want Big Government, too. They just want it to help fewer people.
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Republican FARM Bill Forces Sick To Work, Hungry To Starve 16.5.2018 Crooks Liars
In Congressional Republicans' valiant effort to "Make America Great Again," they are hoping to pass a FARM bill that imposes a work requirement for Medicaid recipients, and kick millions of hungry people off food stamps. 97 million people are on Medicaid: 2 in 5 children use it, 6 million seniors use it, and half of all U.S. births are paid for by Medicaid. As for the Medicaid work requirements, they're claiming they'll consider an exemption for people living in counties with high rates of unemployment. Care to take a wild guess as to who that benefits? *loud whisper* WHITE PEOPLE. This is because exemptions would generally happen to apply to rural white counties, not urban centers with large Black populations. I like to call it the "triple W." "White Work Waiver." In Michigan, the disparities are particularly stark. If the waiver were approved, black residents would make up just 1.2 percent of the people eligible for an exemption, though they are 23 percent of the state’s Medicaid population. White ...
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If House Republicans Get Their Way, Rural Americans Are Screwed 16.5.2018 Mother Jones
Back in 2016, the Republican Party won the presidency and both chambers of Congress with strong support in rural areas, particularly among farmers. But since that triumph, the Grand Old Party hasn’t exactly been a champion of rural interests. As I’ve written in recent months, President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration is essentially an attack […]
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Yes, Pelosi and McCarthy represent two different Californias — but why do they serve each other's voters? 16.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

My colleague Mark Z. Barabak expertly laid out last week the chances of California’s two leading members of Congress, Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), making history after the November election.

That would happen if Pelosi keeps her post as leader of House Democrats...

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Agriculture secretary tours Rockies amid farm-aid debate 15.5.2018 Denver Post: National News Headlines
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue kicked off a four-state tour Monday in New Mexico to highlight Trump administration priorities on support for farmers and food stamps as House Republicans on Capitol Hill push for a five-year renewal of federal farm and nutrition policy.
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Wounded pigs and dehydrated ducks: Questions arise about how the Agriculture Department treats its animals 14.5.2018 Washington Post
Wounded pigs and dehydrated ducks: Questions arise about how the Agriculture Department treats its animals
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Stop Talking About SNAP Fraud 11.5.2018 American Prospect
Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ads in the District of Columbia were hard to miss. Posters begging passersby to help “STOP SNAP FRAUD!” replaced the usually more innocuous ads in Washington’s Metro system. While many of the ads were in underground subway stations, buses were also wrapped in fraud prevention ads. They plastered the Capitol South metro station, too—the one used by many legislative staffers—as Congress is gearing up to renew the farm bill, the massive legislation that may contain sweeping changes to SNAP, the program commonly known as food stamps. The nation’s capital has a progressive population (just  4 percent  of the city’s votes went to Trump in 2016), so these ads did not go over well. SNAP fraud, after all, is a relatively uncommon phenomenon in the District of Columbia and elsewhere. In 2016, out of 1,000 completed investigations of the city’s roughly 134,000 SNAP recipients, officials found only 134 clear-cut cases of fraud—a fraud  ...
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The Health 202: Guess what's in the farm bill? Funding for health plans pushed by Trump 7.5.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Plans like these have failed before.
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