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house Bill H.R. 3102

Cutting SNAP Benefits and Reforming Nutrition Assistance Programs

Argument in favor

The food stamp program has experienced rapid, unsustainable growth over the last few years. Spending has to be reined in eventually.

Kmueller14's Opinion
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12/16/2015
I agree that we need SNAPS to stay, there are a lot of Americans that truly need the help. But we should be working towards improving the state of country so our citizens do not even need programs like this. This helps people for now, but not in the long run. The money cut from this program should go towards programs that help SNAPS recipients receive proper education in order to move up in the work force.
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Jstone's Opinion
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04/17/2016
The fact that we had such an increase of people applying for SNAP does not mean all of those people we going hungry. All it means is that more people are dependent on the government's hand outs and have stopped trying to increase income.
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Robert's Opinion
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09/19/2015
NO AMERICAN WOMAN OR CHILD SHOULD GO WITHOUT THEIR NEEDS. THE ABUSE NEEDS TO STOPPED BUT FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN DIRE NEED THIS IS A GOOD PROGRAM.
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Argument opposed

Cutting food stamp programs directly harms the poor, and this legislation will impact millions of people.

ryan's Opinion
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02/26/2015
We need some sort of safety net for those who fall on hard times, even if people abuse the system its worth it to protect those who actually need it.
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Tobey's Opinion
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07/22/2015
Low income Americans should never go without the resources they need to be fed
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helmsworth's Opinion
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03/08/2015
So many people depend on SNAP to eat every day. They won't magically find a way to eat if Congress cuts SNAP programs. They'll go hungry.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
  • The house Passed September 19th, 2013
    Roll Call Vote 217 Yea / 210 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedSeptember 16th, 2013

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    We need some sort of safety net for those who fall on hard times, even if people abuse the system its worth it to protect those who actually need it.
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    The fact that we had such an increase of people applying for SNAP does not mean all of those people we going hungry. All it means is that more people are dependent on the government's hand outs and have stopped trying to increase income.
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    So many people depend on SNAP to eat every day. They won't magically find a way to eat if Congress cuts SNAP programs. They'll go hungry.
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    Low income Americans should never go without the resources they need to be fed
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    I agree that we need SNAPS to stay, there are a lot of Americans that truly need the help. But we should be working towards improving the state of country so our citizens do not even need programs like this. This helps people for now, but not in the long run. The money cut from this program should go towards programs that help SNAPS recipients receive proper education in order to move up in the work force.
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    Before you comment on whether SNAP benefits should be cut, do just a little research. First, the overwhelming majority of those that receive these benefits are women with a child. Secondly, the average benefit amount is $127 per/person, per/month. We aren't talking a lot of money. By cutting SNAP you are only hurting people. If you want to change the program, why not change what foods are allowed to be purchased. Additionally, we must examine why this problem is so rampant. Is it due to the minimum wage, high housing costs or some other issue that makes it hard to afford food.
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    I've known of way too many single parents with kids who end up living in their car or hotels because they can't make enough money.
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    While I agree that assistance reform is needed, cutting funding to these areas will only have negative effects on people any way you look at it. Don't starve people to save money, our compassion and standard of living is what makes us different from underdeveloped nations and makes us great. Eliminating funding for programs people need to survive is in humane.
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    Food is elemental and we have a lot of it. Much of that food goes to waste and snap benefits help families when they need it most.
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    While yes SNAP should be reformed this immediate change would directly harm far too many people.
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    Has to be reformed and looked deeper into, to much corruption and abuse going on.
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    Having examined the amount of assistance given to single individuals or families/households, and the qualifications for that assistance, I believe it is a fair amount given based on the needs of the recipient.
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    NO AMERICAN WOMAN OR CHILD SHOULD GO WITHOUT THEIR NEEDS. THE ABUSE NEEDS TO STOPPED BUT FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN DIRE NEED THIS IS A GOOD PROGRAM.
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    There are millions that are hungry, which is a sin in our great country. We should have in place markets for second quality produce that most of us don't want. We waste entirely too much food that somebody could benefit from. I do not favor programs that are easily abused. I do think resources should go toward healthy food not packaged junk foods.
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    Because if it were not for SNAP a lot more people would literally SNAP!! A HUNGRY MOB IS AN ANGRY MOB~Bob Marley
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    In my view not just congressional but the senate as well because they are the one's that aren't passing the bill's.....and Obama should not get paid either....he needs to understand that the people will not put up with his stupidity when it comes to immigration, it is taking away job's that Americans need and the American people will not stand for this illegal immigration law.....
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    There are other areas that deserve to be cut more than SNAP benefits...can anyone say congressional pay?
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    This program should be phased out.
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    We waste to much money over satisfying basic needs. Government support should be just that... Support. Not an early retirement plan.
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    Food is a nessity. Reform the program, hire people to better enforce the requirements. This program should be more liberal than others.
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