Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"One of the more egregious cases
of robbing Peter to pay Paul"

Under growing pressure to prevent a pair of domestic spending bills from increasing the national budget deficit, Congress plans to offset new spending with unprecedented cuts to future food stamp funding.

The cuts to food stamp funding would finance a bill to help fund public sectors jobs at the state level and a proposed child nutrition measure.

These two measures are expected to save $14.1 billion over ten years, but the trade-off for families on food stamps would mean phasing out stimulus bill provisions that increased families' monthly food stamps during the recession. That means low-income households will, for the first time, see their benefits fall from one month to the next.

Florida Reps. Alcee Hastings and Alan Grayson, along with 106 other Democrats, signed a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling the cut in stimulus food stamp funding to finance the state aid bill "one of the more egregious cases of robbing Peter to pay Paul."

Read the Truthout report here.


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