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Some Who Voted to Cut SNAP Also Received Generous Subsidies

Monday, September 23, 2013

The popular blog BuzzFeed analyzed last weeks House vote to cut SNAP by nearly $40 billion over the next 10 years.  Using data from EWG, they highlighted the members of Congress who voted in favor of the draconian cuts but receive generous farm subsidies.

They write:

During the food stamp debate, GOP Rep. Stephen Fincher, who received thousands in farm subsidies, responded to a Democratic Congressman during the debate over the cuts by quoting the bible, saying “the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

Fincher himself has received his own large share of government money. From 1999 to 2012, Stephen & Lynn Fincher Farms received $3,483,824 in agriculture subsidies. Last year he took in $70,574 alone.

Read the full story here.

Table Scraps:

The Courier-Journal writes on lawmakers in Kentucky and Southern Indiana who voted to cut SNAP and “impoverish even more of their constituents”.

EWG’s Craig Cox on NPR talking about the need to end direct payments.

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@tomcolicchio Freedom to eat? 

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