Republicans Attempt to Take Food from Mouths of Hungry Children
A bill put forward by a group of House Republicans would cap spending on food stamps and limit access to government food assistance to entire families if any family member is on strike. The bill, H.R. 1135, is the latest attack by Republicans against working class and poor Americans.
H.R. 1135 was introduced by Republican Representatives Jim Jordan (OH), Tim Scott (SC), Scott Garrett (NJ), Dan Burton (IN), and Louie Gohmert (TX). The bill states that it’s purpose is to “provide information on total spending on means-tested welfare programs, to provide additional work requirements, and to provide an overall spending limit on means-tested welfare programs.”
Some 44 million Americans rely on food stamps, a 62% increase from 2007 to 2009, according to Raw Story. Half of that number are children. “Any kinds of changes that start to weaken the food safety net are going to increase the burden of communities across America,” Lisa Davis, vice president of policy at Feeding America, told Raw Story.
Buried deep in H.R. 1135 is an alarming new requirement. If passed, any family in which just one member was on strike would lose all its food stamp benefits. There is an exemption provision for households that were eligible for food stamps immediately prior to the strike, however, “such family unit shall not receive an increased allotment as the result of a decrease in the income of the striking member or members of the household.”
It doesn’t take much imagination to envision the gag effect this bill would have on workers who are considering striking for better wages, benefits or working conditions. And that’s exactly what Republicans and their corporate masters want. H.R. 1135 is their latest attempt to take food from the mouths of hungry children and re-direct it into their offshore tax shelters as corporate profits. And they may very well succeed.
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