Christine Harbin, a policy analyst at Americans for Prosperity, wrote recently: “Policymakers talk about the Farm Bill like it’s about farms. But it’s not. The Farm Bill is a giant welfare bill. Eighty percent goes toward food stamp and nutrition programs, and the rest is corporate welfare for the agribusiness industry.”
She pointed out that in the 1970’s only one in 50 Americans received food stamps, while today it is one in seven.
Eligibility requirements have been eased, and those who run the program have no incentive to keep people off.
They will get bigger offices, staffs and funding if even more people get food stamps.
And, actually people are not given stamps anymore but something similar to a credit card.
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Washington, DC -- Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn) joined U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Representatives David Davis (R-Tenn. 1), Zach Wamp (R-Tenn. 3), Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn. 4), Bart Gordon (D-Tenn. 6), and John Tanner (D-Tenn. 8) in requesting that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Edward Schafer issue an agricultural disaster declaration for 28 counties across Tennessee to help farmers who have suffered crop and livestock losses as a result of persistent drought conditions.
Washington, DC -- Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) announced today that the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness two grants totaling nearly $5 million to help ensure the safety of the Nation’s food supply and to help promote effective response to a disaster involving animals.
Washington, DC -- U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Representative John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.
Washington, DC -- In a joint letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Tennessee congressional delegation has requested that the FDA “quickly determine the [salmonellosis] outbreak’s source and effectively eliminate the contaminated tomatoes from our food supply without hurting the producers whose products are still safe.”
Washington, DC -- Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the rule that brings this bill to the floor and to this $15 billion bailout bill, and I thank the gentleman from Washington for yielding me this time.
Mr. Speaker, I think up here we lose sight of how much $15 billion really is. Fifteen billion dollars would operate the entire State government of Tennessee for almost 1 year, our education, our medical care, our prisons, our roads, our parks. And Tennessee is almost dead on average, statistics-wise, in regard to all the States.