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Is Your Congressman One Of The 13 Who Get Federal Farm Subsidies But Voted To Cut Food Stamps?

by David Badash on September 21, 2013

in News,Politics

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Can you think of a better example of inhumane hypocrisy from our members of Congress than one that literally takes food out of the mouths of children but lines their own wallets with millions of your tax dollars? Back in July, you’ll remember, for the first time since 1973, House Republicans successfully voted to remove the Food Stamp bill from the Farm bill, while retaining and passing the Farm Subsidies bill. For decades, the two were historically combined because the interest of the poor need to be piggybacked to the interests of the rich, or the rich might gut the Food Stamps bill — as they did this week.

So, who are the rich gutting the food stamps bill? Member of Congress, of course.

This week, the Republican-led House voted to strip $40 billion in food stamps funding over a ten year period. If that bill becomes law it will kick four million Americans — many if not most of them families with children — off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program.

They also voted to make, as a condition of receiving food stamps, most recipients work 20 hours a week — in an economy that has 7.3 percent unemployment.

WATCH: Democrat Slams GOP Congressmen For Expensing $166 A Day For Food Yet Voting To Cut Food Stamps

Calling it “a victory for commonsense” yesterday, while patting himself on the back for voting to defund Obamacare, Speaker of the House John Boehner said:

“At a time when the economy is barely eking along, wages aren’t increasing, new jobs aren’t available, and what are we doing? We’re putting more costs and more inconvenience on the American people.”

That was the Republican Speaker’s rationale for defunding Obamacare. Apparently, Speaker Boehner is unaware his House just gutted food stamps one day earlier, and demanded those who need money to eat will have to find jobs in an economy that “is barely eking along,” where “wages aren’t increasing,” and where “new jobs aren’t available.”

The economy looks one way when he’s discussing food stamps — but entirely different when he’s discussing Obamacare.

But that hypocrisy pales in comparison to this.

Back in July, when Congress stripped the food stamps bill from the farm subsidies bill, fourteen Congressmen who voted for that attack on the poor are themselves farmers. Yes, they are recipients of farm subsidies.

And yesterday, thirteen of those fourteen voted to gut the food stamps bill.

And yes, they are all Republicans.

Perhaps our “favorite” hypocrite is Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), who in May misused the Bible to come up with this gem:

He “cited Jesus Christ’s call to care for ‘the least of these’ when describing the government’s need to assist the hungry,” as Think Progress noted. “Instead, Fincher explained his support for the proposed cuts by quoting a very different Bible verse – 2 Thessalonians 3:10: ‘For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.’”

Congressman Fincher, as you’ll see below, has received $3,483,824 in farm subsidies alone — not including any other possible government insurance assistance.

In July, Congressman George Miller (D-CA) prepared a report (below), “14 Republican Members of Congress Vote to Keep their own Farm Subsidies but Fail to Extend Nutrition Aid for Low-Income Families.”

New analysis finds that 14 members of Congress voted to continue farm subsidies from which they personally benefit while failing to continue nutrition aid for 47 million Americans. These members of Congress:

· Are each Republicans;
· Have a total net worth of up to $124.5 million;
· Have received a total of at least $7.2 million in farm subsidies;
· Each previously voted to gut the SNAP program by giving states large financial incentives to kick families off SNAP.

In stark contrast, SNAP, which each member detailed in this report voted against extending, is limited to families with an income below the federal poverty line ($19,530 for a family of three). In fact, the average SNAP household has a gross monthly income of only $744, and their average monthly SNAP benefit is just $281.

Only one of the fourteen who voted for the farm subsidies bill voted against cutting food stamps: Rep. David Valadao of California.

 

So, meet all 13 Republican Congressmen who voted to fund their farms with millions of your tax dollars, and voted to cut $40 billion in food stamps and kick four million Americans off the SNAP program:

9ba942ceefe4b1f7757e70779385f26cRep. Robert Aderholt

Republican–Alabama 4th District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $207,426

Net Worth: $506,019 to $5,815,999

 

892b32aa29d0c2ce66b87d6d633a6c1eRep. Blake Farenthold

Republican–Texas 27th District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $1,205

Net Worth: $9,659,099 to $38,785,999

 

skitched-20130921-133624Rep. Stephen Fincher

Republican–Tennessee 8th District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $3,483,824

Net Worth: -$1,149,999 to $204,995

 

skitched-20130921-133746Rep. Vicky Hartzler

Republican–Missouri 4th District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $516,000

Net Worth: $2,218,026 to $13,854,995

 

4d4baa6c9c2c770bffd09be9e8b0b64dRep. John Kline

Republican–Minnesota 2nd District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $6,548

Net Worth: $248,009 to $645,000

 

skitched-20130921-134249Rep. Doug LaMalfa

Republican–California 1st District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $1,710,385

Net Worth: $1,268,007 to $5,596,000

 

skitched-20130921-134503Rep. Tom Latham

Republican–Iowa 3rd District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $313,776

Net Worth: $2,315,175 to $7,650,167

 

skitched-20130921-134614Rep. Frank Lucas

Republican-Oklahoma 3rd District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $40,613

Net Worth: -$264,990 to $1,059,995

 

skitched-20130921-134806Rep. Cynthia Lummis

Republican–Wyoming At-Large

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $14,289

Net Worth: $7,252,036 to $30,584,999

 

9fed5d42eaa63ffaaba812bfab931431Rep. Randy Neugebauer

Republican–Texas 18th District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $4,321

Net Worth: $6,560,080 to $19,129,998

 

skitched-20130921-135027Rep. Kristi Noem

Republican–South Dakota At-Large

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $503,751

Net Worth: -$464,992 to $674,999

 

skitched-20130921-135133Rep. Marlin Stutzman

Republican–Indiana 3rd District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $196,268

Net Worth: $14,019 to $1,082,995

 

skitched-20130921-135308Rep. Mac Thornberry

Republican–Texas 13th District

Total Farm Subsidies Received: $29,774

Net Worth: $241,007 to $580,000

 

14 Republican Members of Congress Vote to Keep their own Farm Subsidies but Fail to Extend Nutrition Aid fo…

 

Note: Congressional statistics are via Congressman George Miller’s report, above.

Image, top, by Mike Licht via Flickr. Video hat tip Mike Licht at Notions Capital

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{ 7 comments }

MiddleGrounds September 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

The ones from Tennessee, California and South Dakota win for being the biggest leeches with a combined total of $5,697,960 in subsidies. Way to show your true colors!

BJLincoln September 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

These people only work for themselves and not the Americans who voted them into office. They are part of the problem, not the solution. This is part of why the GOP looks so bad.

JustSomePSmajor September 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Do any of you even know what a subsidy is? Way to compare apples to oranges. Also, by the way things are looking now the GOP isn't the only one looking bad. Just ask Russia. They're having a field day laughing at the U.S. Do your research and learn your facts. That's what we as Americans can really lack at times. But I do agree some people above are totally wrong in what they do. They don't need all that money. On the other hand Obama doesn't need 55 concerts at the white house. If were going to compare farm subsidies to food stamps ill compare republicans taking government money for their family farms to obama having 55 concerts at the white house.

RainbowDemocrat September 22, 2013 at 7:18 am

Make those that receive farm subsidies qualify like food stamp recipients. They must go down to the local office, in person, and present their case showing cause for need just like anyone needing assistance. The trauma alone of having to stand in line with those they supposedly represent would stop this crap.

Being an Oklahoman, I'd be remiss for not stating the obvious:
Shame on you Frank Lucas!

Further, I want to extend my apologies to the Nation for the other OK congressmen and senators.

MinAgain September 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Rep. Fincher is a disgrace.

Hoyle63 October 1, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Memphis has a very active Tea Party that keeps these pigs permanently attached to the government teat. Trench buzzard trash…..

nitridr November 2, 2013 at 3:08 pm

When you are a judge it is your responsibility and enforced to recluse yourself when there is the appearance of conflict of interest. I would think the same should apply in any government office. So when you are receiving govt welfare then you should not be voting to spend that money on that welfare. How would the vote have been if those 14 had no vote? This was unethical at best and downright illegal possibly.

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