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House approves $40 billion cut in food stamps over 10 years

There are 804 comments on the Reuters story from Sep 19, 2013, titled House approves $40 billion cut in food stamps over 10 years. In it, Reuters reports that:

The Republican-run House of Representatives voted to cut spending on food stamps for the poor by $40 billion over 10 years on Thursday, defying a veto threat from the White House in the name of fiscal reform.

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#671 Sep 30, 2013
Occupy-Chicago wrote:
I still say draconian cut are wrong but the Democrats need to work with the Republicans and Vice Versa.
The Republicans have known that efforts to defund the ACA would kill anything they pass for over two years.

Efforts by a minority within the minority party aren't going to work and shall be remembered.
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CBOW

Dover, PA

#674 Oct 22, 2013
Food stamp recipients are turning the government handouts into quick cash with ads on Craigslist, despite efforts to stem fraud.

The federally-funded grocery assistance coupons -- which are issued by states in the form of debit cards under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-- are being sold on the online bulletin board as well as auction sites like eBay. FoxNews.com found several offerings at Craigslist sites around the country, where the sellers offered the welfare benefits at large discounts from face value.

"I have food stamps for sale..... Serious Replies only!!!"

- Craigslist ad

“If you need food. This is not a gimmick or game,” read one posting from Philadelphia.“Please let me know, I have food stamps for sale..... Serious Replies only!!!”
CBOW

Dover, PA

#675 Oct 22, 2013
With one in every seven Americans on food stamps -- up a million since June of last year -- the impetus to cut down on fraud is rising. According to reports, nearly 850,000 people were investigated for possible SNAP fraud in the United States and 1,200 stores were permanently removed from the food stamp program for illegal conduct.

"Since 2008, the cost of SNAP has more than doubled from $34 billion to $74 billion," according to Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. who said in a recent press release that the Obama administration has allowed food stamp enrollment to explode, even beyond what an ailing economy might account for, in part by not pressing states to crack down on eligibility requirements.

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#676 Oct 22, 2013
CBOW wrote:
With one in every seven Americans on food stamps -- up a million since June of last year -- the impetus to cut down on fraud is rising.
Which is at one percent.

What other programs are run with so little fraud?

None.

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#677 Oct 22, 2013
CBOW wrote:
"I have food stamps for sale..... Serious Replies only!!!"
- Craigslist ad
Gosh, CraigsList is being used for illegal activities?

First I've heard of that!

COUGH.
CBOW

Dover, PA

#678 Oct 23, 2013
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Gosh, CraigsList is being used for illegal activities?
First I've heard of that!
COUGH.
Well, by golly..just throw more money at it, we have a surplus. What an idiot you are.

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#679 Oct 23, 2013
CBOW wrote:
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Well, by golly..just throw more money at it, we have a surplus. What an idiot you are.
what an idiot you are- one posting on Craig's list supposed to prove something, SpoogeSponge?
CBOW

Dover, PA

#680 Oct 23, 2013
barefoot2626 wrote:
<quoted text>what an idiot you are- one posting on Craig's list supposed to prove something, SpoogeSponge?
Carigs list selling is the tip of the iceberg. NY has individuals getting the supplies on foodstamps and sending them overseas to sell on the black market. According to fiscal year 2010 data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Maryland and Virginia distributed about $130 million in food stamps to individuals who were not eligible. For every $100 in benefits, those two states doled out $6.11 and $5.04, respectively, to those not eligible. The national average for that time was $3.05.

Inefficiency in the food stamp program spending is costing taxpayers billions. Of the $64.7 billion spent on the program last year (a record high that is only slated to increase), an overall $2.5 billion was spent on improper food stamp payments.

Another recent audit by the Department of Agriculture on the state of Kansas showed three major sources of inefficiency in the distribution of food stamp funds. While many recipients had invalid Social Security numbers and were double-dipping between federal and state programs, many of the recipients also happened to be dead. This has become a pervasive problem in the realm of government benefits.(The Social Security Administration also sends millions of dollars to recipients who are dead.)

Since: Jan 09

Stockton, CA

#681 Oct 23, 2013
CBOW wrote:
<quoted text>Carigs list selling is the tip of the iceberg. NY has individuals getting the supplies on foodstamps and sending them overseas to sell on the black market. According to fiscal year 2010 data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Maryland and Virginia distributed about $130 million in food stamps to individuals who were not eligible. For every $100 in benefits, those two states doled out $6.11 and $5.04, respectively, to those not eligible. The national average for that time was $3.05.
Inefficiency in the food stamp program spending is costing taxpayers billions. Of the $64.7 billion spent on the program last year (a record high that is only slated to increase), an overall $2.5 billion was spent on improper food stamp payments.
Another recent audit by the Department of Agriculture on the state of Kansas showed three major sources of inefficiency in the distribution of food stamp funds. While many recipients had invalid Social Security numbers and were double-dipping between federal and state programs, many of the recipients also happened to be dead. This has become a pervasive problem in the realm of government benefits.(The Social Security Administration also sends millions of dollars to recipients who are dead.)
Yes, fix the abuse. What are conservatives doing to stop this abuse? They must have a bill to investigate these cases, and hearings to find out where the break down is in feeding the poor. Is Isa investigating this??
CBOW

Dover, PA

#682 Oct 23, 2013
shintao wrote:
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Yes, fix the abuse. What are conservatives doing to stop this abuse? They must have a bill to investigate these cases, and hearings to find out where the break down is in feeding the poor. Is Isa investigating this??
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Well, since this administration has expanded foodstamps along with increasing their values and lowering eligibility standards, they should attend to this matter. Afterall, the repubs want to reduce it.
CBOW

Dover, PA

#683 Oct 23, 2013
shintao wrote:
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Yes, fix the abuse. What are conservatives doing to stop this abuse? They must have a bill to investigate these cases, and hearings to find out where the break down is in feeding the poor. Is Isa investigating this??
The Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards (EBT) are replenished monthly with taxpayer dollars and are supposed to track purchases so recipients can't buy banned items.

With help from store employees, customers can easily game the system. A clerk would ring up a case of beer as a box of cereal or charge $50 on the card and give the customer $25 in return.

The exchange rate favors the store and could bring in a whopping $50,000 extra per month, according to a 2009 federal indictment involving food stamp fraud.

If caught, store owners are forever barred from participating in the program, but we cross-referenced public documents to find that merchants skirted the ban by using various aliases.

Analysts say it can be easier for the government to let the scams continue.

Tanner says that "In many cases it's more cost, effort, political pain and potential blow back in the community than it is worth to solve the problem."

As a result of our investigation, Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, says he will direct congress to crack down on the issue.

"Thanks for uncovering this," said Congressman Issa. "This makes a difference when we have watchdogs who have done their homework and allow us to do the rest of the job for you."

Congressman Issa says he will hold hearings next week on the alleged abuses. He also sent a letter asking USDA officials to explain how they will prevent banned food stamp merchants from reentering the program.

Read more: http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/local_news/i...

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#684 Oct 23, 2013
CBOW wrote:
With help from store employees, customers can easily game the system.
Fraud is under two percent.

Compare to fraud in defense spending.

Compare to the F35 - billions but it can't be flown in inclement weather.

The is fraud in every government program since there has been governments.

Get over it.
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#685 Oct 23, 2013
So the tea-party dominated House approved it?

So what?

The same bunch of RW baboons repealed the
Affordable Care Act some 45 times and we
still have the Affordable Care Act.

What a bunch of morons.

Funny thing about Republicans, they aren't able to create anything worthwhile, but they're sure able
to swing a wrecking ball.

God, they're useless to America and they get
paid for it.
Aphelion

Melbourne, FL

#686 Oct 23, 2013
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Fraud is under two percent.
Compare to fraud in defense spending.
Compare to the F35 - billions but it can't be flown in inclement weather.
The is fraud in every government program since there has been governments.
Get over it.
Maryland food stamp fraud alleged against Baltimore stores
Nearly $7 million taken from food assistance programs, authorities say

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/cri...

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#687 Oct 23, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
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Maryland food stamp fraud alleged against Baltimore stores
F35 =$2 billion and it doesn't fly in the rain.
Joe

United States

#688 Oct 23, 2013
Aphelion wrote:
<quoted text>Maryland food stamp fraud alleged against Baltimore stores
Nearly $7 million taken from food assistance programs, authorities say

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/cri...
Oh, just ignore the fraud on Wall Street and pick on the poor. Such a bully.
Darkness Falls

Houston, TX

#689 Oct 23, 2013
Marine Corp Pat wrote:
Those good-old conservative Christian values on display… Jesus would be the first to take food out of the mouths of the poor and children. God said tax cuts for the rich and no food for the needy. Jesus said “Get a job,(even if there are none or it the job doesn’t pay enough to feed your family) if you want to eat.
God so loved the world that he gave his only food to the wealthy… the poor be damned.
You sound tired, broke, and hungry, little man.
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CBOW

Dover, PA

#691 Oct 24, 2013
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Fraud is under two percent.
Compare to fraud in defense spending.
Compare to the F35 - billions but it can't be flown in inclement weather.
The is fraud in every government program since there has been governments.
Get over it.
That appears to be your mantra bareass, "well everybody else is doing it".....You are pathetic. 2% according to a liberal biased research facility. SOOOOO credible. LOL!
CBOW

Dover, PA

#692 Oct 24, 2013
Joe wrote:
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Oh, just ignore the fraud on Wall Street and pick on the poor. Such a bully.
"poor", not really.
Responsibility

Petaluma, CA

#693 Oct 24, 2013
Gary wrote:
So the tea-party dominated House approved it?
So what?
The same bunch of RW baboons repealed the Affordable Care Act some 45 times and we still have the Affordable Care Act. What a bunch of morons. Funny thing about Republicans, they aren't able to create anything worthwhile, but they're sure able to swing a wrecking ball. God, they're useless to America and they get
paid for it.
Their name the Party of Effing No is apropos to the GOP because it is easier to say no and destroy, scapegoat and grandstand - a lot harder to come up with solutions and heck work towards helping others.

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