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U.S. House Passes Bill to Cut SNAP

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that cut funding to SNAP and place tighter eligibility requirements for those who need nutritional assistance.

Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, who voted in favor of the cuts, says the program is growing too fast and needs to be changed. In Oregon, about 1 in 5 people participated in the program last month.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are hard to come by for some Oregonians and more than 800,000 people in the state turn to the SNAP for help.

Statistics show nearly forty percent of these participants are children, while the fastest growing category are seniors. In a narrow partisan vote, the house passed a bill that would cut funding for the program by about 5 percent over the next 10 years.

Additionally, it would require adults up to 60-years-old without minor children to find a job or to enroll in a work-training program in order to receive snap benefits. Congressman Walden says the program is abused by some users.

“This is really an effort to try and get back to making sure the people who really need the help are getting it and that we’re beefing up our food bank operations as well to fill the gaps where they may exist,” Walden.

Congressman Walden says additional focus needs to be on creating higher paying jobs so fewer people have to depend on SNAP. Now that the bill has passed the U.S. House of Representatives, it will now move to the Senate.

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  1. Fred says:

    Its about time those sucking at the public teat get off their a** , get a job, and feed themselves.

    1. Vicki says:

      So Fred you are saying that the people that have worked and now are in there 60′s should go work some more, that that the people that really can’t work should all go hungry? I hope that you never have to be without food for you or your family. I think they should drug test and maybe even have people bring in there shopping receipt to show that what is being bought is healthy food and not junk. I don’t think what they are doing now is good

      1. Fred says:

        Clearly you don’t understand what the Congress is doing. They will stop giving a free ride to working middle class families not poor or disabled people. Too many people think they are entitled, indeed the Democrat party reinforces this attitude to buy votes with public money.

  2. Ed says:

    Really try to get a job here, I have been looking for three years now. I keep loosing out to kid’s and mexican’s.

    1. camellia says:

      thats rude to being a race in the topic yes its hard to get a job here but dont bring mexicans into this just cuz they went and got it beofr eyou doesnt mean they got it just cuz they was mexican it just mean that they go there before you did not hate

    2. Fred says:

      Well then you will have to do what thousands have done before you. Move elsewhere. Get some Job skills. Quit begging. I am tired of feeding the lazy people in this State.

      1. Ed says:

        Well Fred let me guess you got a job, a way to feed your family, a home to live in, Have you ever had to tell you 3 kid’s there’s no food for dinner? Have you ever had to move your 3 kid’s in with your mother because you lost your job of 15 years and can’t afford rent? Judging by the way you talk I think not. Dude im 47 years old, I got alot of job skills and like I said I keep loosing out to kid’s and mexican’s. And as for me being lazy and begging phuck you, If it wern’t for food stamp’s my kid’s would go hungry. I went for a job interview 2 day’s ago, The manager told me to my face he like’s hiring young people. You think I got the job? NO, even though I got 15 year’s delievery exp, A spotless driving record, A great running car, Inshurence, food handler’s card, ect. And even a friend who work’s there who talked to the manager about you, I still did not get the job. They gave the job to a 17 year old kid. As for moving away, I was born here, this is my home, Were you born here? If not way don’t you move away? It’s people like you moving here and taking up the job’s that’s causing all the problem’s. Walk a mile in my boot’s brother And you will see.

        1. Fred says:

          Well big mouth. I moved a Nationally known business to Southern Oregon and improved employment. You, at 47, on the other hand have a Food Handlers card, what dishwasher, line cook, burger server?????? Quit blaming everyone else and accept the fact YOU are not worth hiring in the local job market. Get an education, get better skills, move. Do something to help YOURSELF and quit expecting a FREE RIDE !!! The people paying this country’s bills have grown tired of people like you.

  3. camellia says:

    everytime i see [post about i am trying to get a job but the mexicans or ssomeone got it for me its becuz they took the time to get up and look dont blame a race just cuz they got before you that is just rascits and just rude …..

    1. Ed says:

      It mignt be rascits and rude but it’s true.

  4. chad rogers says:

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  5. Citizen A says:

    Your race assumptions are not based in fact. According to the latest available report for the year 2011 these are the totals for all 50 states.

    White – 7,613,000; African American 4,742,000; Hispanic – 2,001,000; Other – 1,210,000; Missing/Unknown 5,237,000

    Once again you are wrong. Stop spreading the myths. View the report at the USDA website.
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/ORA/menu/Published/SNAP/FILES/Participation/2011Characteristics.pdf

    And have you forgotten that a lot of soldiers have used food stamps.

  6. Kathie says:

    I see alot of employer in the fast food industry going to hiring people only part time so they can avoid benifits also some employers are hiring “temporary” positions for the same reason. Another way of avoiding this is to hire straight wages where the employee is responsible for taxes, benifits ect.. But I have to agree with the person who made the racial indication because many immigrates do not know their rights and are hired for less pay than a ‘citizen’ who knows their rights.

  7. Jami says:

    I think it is crap that the elderly has to get a job to get food stamps… Why are they the ones always getting picked on.. They have worked their share.. I just don’t understand why this is happening and don’t agree with it at all……

  8. Stephanie says:

    I think it is interesting that Oregon Congressman Greg Walden said ” we’re beefing up our food bank operations”. I am curious how he is a part of the efforts to stock the shelves in our food banks in Oregon. I am also curious if he makes an effort to help stock the shelves of all the different locations. I do think it would benefit people to have some skills training available to help them become qualified for gainful employment. I also think that for many “boomers” their previous experiences make it difficult to find a starting position in a company because they are “over qualified”. Although the unemployment numbers are going down I do not believe the number of unemployed people is. I believe the numbers are based on the people receiving unemployment benefits and those benefits run out. Them we have a greater problem and it is being presented to us in a way that decreases the level of alarm instead of increase it as we should be doing.

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