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NJ Gov Christie Vetoes Food Stamps Extension Bill, Costing Low Income Families $90/Month

NJ Gov Christie Vetoes Food Stamps Extension Bill, Costing Low Income Families $90/Month
Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation late last week that would have used an expansion of federal heating aid to prevent cuts in federal food assistance to about 159,000 New Jersey families. The bill — A2956/S1893 — was a response to changes in federal rules adopted earlier this year with the passage of the federal farm bill. The new rules altered eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the largest federal nutrition program.
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Food Stamps Mean Vacations in Barbados: The Right Wing Welfare Fantasy

Food Stamps Mean Vacations in Barbados: The Right Wing Welfare Fantasy
There are many myths perpetuated and consumed by the extreme Right on any number of issues, but perhaps none as vitriolic as those spread about government assistance to the poor. Why are welfare and food stamps so vilified by GOP and its voting base?
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Rocked by Obesity and 'Food Deserts,' NJ Needs Gov Christie to Step Up

Rocked by Obesity and 'Food Deserts,' NJ Needs Gov Christie to Step Up
Governors across the Northeast are increasing heat subsidies for millions of people impacted by a harsh winter and even harsher cuts to federal safety nets. New Jersey has been especially hit hard, but has yet to receive any help from its top executive, Gov. Chris Christie.
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FOX News Spreads Myth That Food Stamps Can Be Used for Marijuana

FOX News Spreads Myth That Food Stamps Can Be Used for Marijuana
Despite nearly two weeks of reports to the contrary, FOX News pushed the incorrect story that Colorado recipients of food stamps could use their government assistance to purchase marijuana. It shouldn't be surprising, but was it intentional or just lazy reporting?
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Reducing Food Stamps Doesn't Just Hurt Children and Vets, It Hurts Economy

Reducing Food Stamps Doesn't Just Hurt Children and Vets, It Hurts Economy
If you don’t think this SNAP reduction affects you, you’re wrong. Anytime you take money from Main Street, you hurt local economies. Since SNAP funds are used to buy food, a $5 billion loss to retailers and to agriculture industry is reported nationwide. For South Carolina, it is a $93 million direct loss to the economy
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As Thanksgiving Approaches, Texas Will Lose Over $400 Million in Hunger Assistance

As Thanksgiving Approaches, Texas Will Lose Over $400 Million in Hunger Assistance
On November 1, Texas families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program assistance will have their benefits cut by an average of 7 percent — or $36 per month for a family of four. The cuts will strip $411 million worth of assistance in Texas and impact more than four million Texans. Over half of which are children.
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'Cult of the Selfish' Lowers Majority of America's Net Worth, Skyrockets 1%'s Wealth

'Cult of the Selfish' Lowers Majority of America's Net Worth, Skyrockets 1%'s Wealth
The cult’s cruel campaign of civic meanness is achieving tragic victories. Just last week, the cult of selfish succeeded in passing a bill in the House that would slash funding for food stamps by $40 billion – taking milk from the mouths of millions of babes in the richest country in the world. Also, it secured passage of another bill in that would de-fund the Affordable Care Act, thus denying health care – and in some cases life itself – to millions of uninsured Americans.
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Leo W. Gerard
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Sweet Jesus: Trading Food Stamp Support for Massive Sugar Subsidies

Sweet Jesus: Trading Food Stamp Support for Massive Sugar Subsidies
Last week's vote in the House of Representatives, one that significantly gutted America's food stamps safety net, further eroded the long-standing partnership between domestic agriculture interests and the social justice advocacy groups. It also showed who Congress is truly trying to protect in this debate: corporate farms swimming in tax-payer subsidies.
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MO's Food Security Problem: Corruption and Hunger Go Hand in Hand

MO's Food Security Problem: Corruption and Hunger Go Hand in Hand
A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service on hunger in America ranks Missouri high up on the list of states where a significant number of people experience serious issues with hunger. Our fair state is in the 7th place (and not in a good way). It echoes a previous report that links corruption to poverty.
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PA Families Bear Brunt of Food Stamp Cut

PA Families Bear Brunt of Food Stamp Cut
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - more commonly, food stamps - is set to see a huge benefit cut, affecting some 22 million children nationwide, and 1.8 million people in Pennsylvania alone. Congress, by inaction, is refusing to extend benefits given during the worst of the downturn of 2008, though prospects for many of US families are still grim.
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