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Immigrant food-stamp aid restored for farm bill
THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | April 27,2002 | By Stephen Dinan

Posted on 04/27/2002 8:27:11 PM PDT by 4America

Edited on 07/12/2004 3:53:03 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

House and Senate negotiators, as part of a deal on the farm bill, have agreed to restore food-stamp benefits to legal immigrants that were eliminated in the 1996 welfare reforms. (paragraph) The two sides have been trying to hash oe deal, announced yesterday, closely resembles the Senate's original bill. It would restore benefits to legaut differences in the bills that passed each chamber and thl immigrants after they have been living in the United States for five years. It would also restore benefits immediately to legal immigrant children and disabled persons. (paragraph) That goes even further than President Bush's original proposal, made in his fiscal 2003 budget, which would have restored only the five-year bar for benefits. Under the 1996 welfare law, legal immigrants are ineligible for food stamps unless they can show they have been continuously employed in the United States for 10 years. (paragraph) The deal could still fall apart, depending on final spending numbers. But if it sticks, the final bill will go back to both houses for approval before going to the president. (paragraph) The fight to restore benefits had pitted Mr. Bush, the Senate and House Democrats against House Republican leaders. House Democrats this week proposed a motion instructing the House negotiators to support the Senate position, and yesterday they said the 244-171 vote on the nonbinding motion was a turning point. (paragraph) "The conferees heeded the words of the majority of Congress and finally recognized that it would be undemocratic to not include my provision," said Rep. Joe Baca, Texas Democrat, who sponsored the motion. (paragraph) A majority of Republicans voted against the resolution, and House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Texas Republican, had said before the vote that negotiators would act without regard to the resolution. But yesterday Democrats said the vote proved to negotiators how much support there was for the provision. (paragraph) "The vote on the floor this week sent a strong and powerful message to Congress that we need to treat legal residents fairly, and our efforts prevailed," said Minority Whip Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat. "Legal immigrants pay taxes, contribute to the growth of our nation and their children defend our country. We should not ignore them when they face hard times simply because they are not U.S. citizens." (paragraph) Opponents of the provision, however, said the bill makes irrelevant the part of green card applications in which the immigrant's sponsor promises that the immigrant won't become dependent on the government. (paragraph) The chief House negotiator on the issue, Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, had offered an alternative proposal that would have extended food stamp benefits to legal immigrant children and the disabled only. But Senate negotiators, Democrats and Republicans, rejected that offer. (paragraph) Yesterday, Mr. Goodlatte's reaction to the deal was terse: "The president has been very determined in his efforts to obtain food stamps for legal immigrants, and he has been successful," he said through a spokeswoman. (paragraph) But the food-stamps concession was one of the few things the president got in the bill. Conferees rejected the administration's broader provision to overhaul federal subsidy programs.


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1 posted on 04/27/2002 8:27:11 PM PDT by 4America
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To: 4America
My first post folks! A few mistakes. Still trying to get this thing down! Enjoy!
2 posted on 04/27/2002 8:33:04 PM PDT by 4America
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To: 4America
The fight to restore benefits had pitted Mr. Bush, the Senate and House Democrats against House Republican leaders.

Isn't it supposed to be the other way around? When's the last time you remember a President joining with members of the opposing party against his own party?

3 posted on 04/27/2002 8:37:13 PM PDT by browardchad
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To: 4America
Good find. Just follow the HTML help to format the article and make it easier to read.

As for the substance of the article...our tax and spend Congress is at it again, and our spend and spend president will no doubt sign this bill, which also increases ag subsidies an astonishing 70% from another article I read.

Tax and Spend GOP...I hate it.

4 posted on 04/27/2002 8:37:52 PM PDT by Jesse
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To: 4America
Wow, something to piss off everybody here! For the record, I'm against all forms of government support for immigrants and think that's the best way to stem the flow of undesirables into the country apart from hunting down and shutting out nationals from the Middle East or Central Asia.
5 posted on 04/27/2002 8:38:10 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: dr_who
My point exactly my friend!
7 posted on 04/27/2002 8:41:28 PM PDT by 4America
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To: abwehr
Look up the meaning "FREEREPUBLIC". I'm entitled to post what I choose. Just like everyone else. I won't apologize for offending you! Enjoy....Darling
8 posted on 04/27/2002 8:45:43 PM PDT by 4America
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To: 4America
I don't think immigrants ever lost their food stamps anyhow. Around here it's all you see ---people fresh over from Mexico, unable to speak a word of English using their food stamps with their carts heaped full of cokes and lard and all kinds of junk food. I don't see English speaking people using food stamps in fact.
9 posted on 04/27/2002 8:46:47 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: 4America
How can someone immigrate to America and assimilate into mainstream society without being corrupted by the welfare state?

Oh I forgot, mainstream American society have just about all been seduced by entitlements already.

10 posted on 04/27/2002 8:48:04 PM PDT by lormand
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To: abwehr
Oh....by the way...FYI...I happen to be a citizen and I myself I'm growing tired of the way of Government is catering to those besides its own citizens.
11 posted on 04/27/2002 8:49:18 PM PDT by 4America
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To: FITZ
Not to mention any other freebie they can get their hands on.
12 posted on 04/27/2002 8:54:14 PM PDT by 4America
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To: browardchad
Isn't it supposed to be the other way around? When's the last time you remember a President joining with members of the opposing party against his own party?

Several times now in the last year.

13 posted on 04/27/2002 9:00:27 PM PDT by Joe Hadenuf
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To: abwehr
Welcome to Free Republic where your voice is not heard in Washington. Immigrants are more important than any of us. We are only citizens.

Where our so-called leaders are more concerned with the borders of other nations than our very own.

15 posted on 04/27/2002 9:02:41 PM PDT by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Joe Hadenuf
Several times now in the last year.

I know. It was a (very angry) rhetorical question.

As I recall, the original concept of restoration of food stamps after five years came directly from Bush -- and the Democrats, of course, are embellishing upon it. I'm sure he doesn't mind, though.

16 posted on 04/27/2002 9:07:05 PM PDT by browardchad
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To: 4America
Welcome to Free Republic. Some help with formatting can be found here:
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Also, this article has been posted before, here. We try to avoid duplicate posts.

The search engine works fairly well, search using one or two words in the title of the article.

Again, Welcome to Free Republic!

17 posted on 04/27/2002 9:07:22 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: 4America;healey22;lutine;Right_Makes_Might;wku man;sonofliberty2;fishing fool;sweetliberty...
"The conferees heeded the words of the majority of Congress and finally recognized that it would be undemocratic to not include my provision," said Rep. Joe Baca, Texas Democrat, who sponsored the motion.

Rep. Baca is a California DemocRAT, and a hardcore ethnic pimp and fifth-column raton to boot. Back in 1995 when proposition 187 was all the rage in California, Baca attended a Latino pow-wow at the University of California at Riverside, a hotbed of "Chicano" seditionists, called "The Latino Summit Response to Proposition 187". He proclaimed that they (presumably Mexican illegals, as that's the notorious group 187 was aimed at) were in a "civil war" over the successful 187. Click here for a short video clip of this raving moron Baca. He's no American. He ought to be deported.

18 posted on 04/27/2002 9:23:32 PM PDT by Tancredo Fan
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To: 4America; Victoria Delsoul; Pelham; Travis McGee; Joe Hadenuf; sarcasm; harpseal; RonDog...
Opponents of the provision, however, said the bill makes irrelevant the part of green card applications in which the immigrant's sponsor promises that the immigrant won't become dependent on the government...

(Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte's) reaction to the deal was terse: "The president has been very determined in his efforts to obtain food stamps for legal immigrants, and he has been successful,"

It appears once again that President Bush is pushing to double-cross Americans in favor of those who aren't.

The US Government honors agreements with everyone else, why not us?

Why is Bush forever trying to change the rules in favor of immigrants and Illegals?

No one should be on the dole, citizen, immigrant, or otherwise... The government has no business redistributing wealth.

Bush's actions here are shameful, not compassionate, because it's not his money he's giving away.




19 posted on 04/27/2002 9:39:19 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: 4America; Victoria Delsoul; Pelham; Travis McGee; Joe Hadenuf; sarcasm; harpseal; RonDog...
Opponents of the provision, however, said the bill makes irrelevant the part of green card applications in which the immigrant's sponsor promises that the immigrant won't become dependent on the government...

(Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte's) reaction to the deal was terse: "The president has been very determined in his efforts to obtain food stamps for legal immigrants, and he has been successful,"

It appears once again that President Bush is pushing to double-cross Americans in favor of those who aren't.

The US Government honors agreements with everyone else, why not us?

Why is Bush forever trying to change the rules in favor of immigrants and Illegals?

No one should be on the dole, citizen, immigrant, or otherwise... The government has no business redistributing wealth.

Bush's actions here are shameful, not compassionate, because it's not his money he's giving away.




20 posted on 04/27/2002 9:39:26 PM PDT by Sabertooth
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