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White House threatens veto of House farm bill
Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2013 7:06 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick

Posted on 06/17/2013 5:12:22 PM PDT by Olog-hai

The White House is threatening to veto the House version of a massive, five-year farm bill, saying food stamp cuts included in the legislation could leave some Americans hungry.

The House is preparing to consider the bill this week. The legislation would cut $2 billion annually, or around 3 percent, from food stamps and make it harder for some people to qualify for the program. Food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, cost almost $80 billion last year, twice the amount it cost five years ago.

The Senate passed its version of the farm bill last week with only a fifth of the amount of those cuts, or about $400 million a year, with the support of the administration. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: farmbill; foodstamps; houseofreps; obama; ohsnap; otherpeoplesmoney; snap; welfarecuts

1 posted on 06/17/2013 5:12:22 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Must not be enough money in it for the ‘RAT politicians.


2 posted on 06/17/2013 5:18:15 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (23,116,441 households on Food Stamps! Now that's what I call HISTORICAL!!!)
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To: Olog-hai
Farmers ... hungry ?

How ?


Hell we're just two people with a 50' X 35' garden and when it's harvest time, we're cannin' our ASSES off.

ALMOST gets us through the winter, but hey ... We ain't farmers ... just folks.

3 posted on 06/17/2013 5:21:02 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: Olog-hai
White House puppet handlers threatens veto of House farm bill . . . they might inform their sockpuppet if he wants to know.
4 posted on 06/17/2013 5:21:33 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Olog-hai

Every government program is drowning in graft and corruption. The freeloaders from all over the world are sucking us dry.


5 posted on 06/17/2013 5:22:06 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: knarf

80% of the farm bill goes to food stamps instead of aid to farmers. Farmers should just quit working for a year or two and let city folk raise the food for their families.


6 posted on 06/17/2013 5:23:50 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee
80% of the farm bill goes to food stamps . . .

This is the point of food stamps -- to 'move' food. This is why this program is in the Dept of Agriculture -- it is a program to help farmers sell food.

7 posted on 06/17/2013 5:33:51 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Olog-hai

He’s mean...They’ll have nothing left for the casino and liquor store.


8 posted on 06/17/2013 5:52:09 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Olog-hai

What happens if he vetoes it-—The House calls his bluff , stops the funding, and doesn’t bother to bring it up again?

Place the blame directly on the veto./


9 posted on 06/17/2013 5:56:04 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: sportutegrl
How many lobster tails do American farmers grow?

Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are food items and are therefore eligible items

Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes are also food items and are therefore eligible items

Since the current definition of food is a specific part of the Act, any change to this definition would require action by a member of Congress. Several times in the history of SNAP, Congress had considered placing limits on the types of food that could be purchased with program benefits. However, they concluded that designating foods as luxury or non-nutritious would be administratively costly and burdensome.

10 posted on 06/17/2013 6:02:07 PM PDT by digger48
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To: digger48

http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailers/eligible.htm


11 posted on 06/17/2013 6:02:50 PM PDT by digger48
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To: txrefugee

I’ve always wondered how a state like Iowa could vote for Obama. But it seems that most farmers are every bit the parasites that Holder’s people are.

From price supports to ethanol to illegal immigrants, the farmers seem to hate free enterprise, preferring rent-seeking instead.


12 posted on 06/17/2013 6:03:08 PM PDT by RugerMini14
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To: Olog-hai

Food stamps cuts...what b.s.!
Boehner isn’t cutting govt spending. The Regime is smoking dope.


13 posted on 06/17/2013 6:15:35 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: Olog-hai

If Obama can’t buy his popularity, he doesn’t have any...


14 posted on 06/17/2013 6:29:44 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: Olog-hai

No, the cuts will impair 0bama’s ability to hoover purchasing pattern data from poor people


15 posted on 06/17/2013 6:50:23 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: Steven Tyler

These people do not have alot of credabilty.


16 posted on 06/17/2013 7:19:31 PM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: sportutegrl

This is the point of food stamps — to ‘move’ food.


Bottled water, Gatorade, and Haagen Daas ice cream is hardly benefiting farmers. It helps convenience stores the most. Probably by a wide margin over grocery stores.


17 posted on 06/17/2013 7:23:20 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: Olog-hai

Great! Go ahead and veto it then eliminate the entire Department of Agriculture. American farmers can take care of themselves.


18 posted on 06/17/2013 7:38:59 PM PDT by Petrosius
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To: Venturer

“What happens if he vetoes it-—The House calls his bluff , stops the funding, and doesn’t bother to bring it up again?”

You are exactly right and the Republicans should let him veto it and then not bring forward another bill, effectively defunding and shutting down the Department of Agriculture which we do not need. However, Republicans are on the take from Archer Daniels Midland, Monsanto, and other heavily subsidized agribusiness multinationals. They will cave to the Democrats on food stamps before they will allow the agriculture subsidies to their corporate benefactors to go away.

Expect Boehner and his team to “compromise” and add to food stamp spending and whatever else Obama wants to add to the bill.


19 posted on 06/17/2013 8:14:26 PM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: digger48

Instead of designating luxury foods, they should simply designate a few ‘staples’ that are permitted for purchase—and limit the scope of the program to that.

Beans, rice, cabbage, squash, milk. etc.


20 posted on 06/17/2013 9:53:06 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Olog-hai

Good. Veto the farm bill, Barry. It would be a positive start. Oh, wait...what am I thinking?


21 posted on 06/18/2013 12:39:38 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Soul of the South

You are correct-—of course.

But wouldn’t it be great to see it happen?

Today I am ashamed to be Republican.

I am not shamed to stand for what Republicans once stood for just ashamed for their cowardice and greed they now stand for. Selling our country out in a hope that 10% of these illegals and entitlement low-info voters will vote for them.


22 posted on 06/18/2013 3:51:26 AM PDT by Venturer
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