"The House" Says No To Food Stamps

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 9/20/2013 7:34 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-Chattanooga Area Foodbank are concerned and angry about a proposal to cut foodstamps.

"feeding America estimates that it will result in a 1.5 billion meals annually, that's more meals provided than the entire of Area Foodbank network nationally"

They feel a lot of families in the Volunteer state will now be pushed into poverty.

"Over 88% of people on SNAP benefits are at or below the national poverty level, that means 20,000 dollars for a family of 3 these folks are already struggling to make ends meet and this will hit them even harder"

Metropolitan Ministries in Chattanooga say there are many knock on effects to cutting Food stamps.

Growth in homelessness, with greater poverty comes greater crime, likely to see that, to see ER's even more stressed than they already are"

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann says these cuts are necessary .

"basically it will allow and save 39 billion dollars it will allow those who are deserving to stay on the program"

He feels some new changes will also improve the economy.

"It will also allow able bodied adults with no Children to work"

Church groups say they will not be able to take on the extra demands if a replacement is not found.

    The White House has threatened to veto the House bill that calls for drastic food stamp cuts.

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Infinity Eagle - 9/22/2013 3:33 AM
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How much do tax payers spend on meals for politicians every year? That should be cut first.

Phyl5 - 9/21/2013 5:54 PM
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I know lots of people who get food stamps, and other benefits who don't need them. I also know people who need them, but can't get them. Everyone receiving State or Federal assistance should legitimately qualify. I believe there would be enough money to cover the needy, if these programs were handled correctly.

Here2Opine - 9/21/2013 10:03 AM
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"It will also allow able bodied adults with no Children to work". Therein lies the problem. There are too many receiving help that don't truly need it. My sister has been on welfare for 3 decades, having children, raising her grandchildren, lazy husband.
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