Friday, December 21, 2018

CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER FIGHTS PREZ TRUMP ON WORKING POOR FOOD ASSISTANCE CUTBACKS!!!



President Trump wants more people to work for food stamps but critics of his policy point to the growing need and protections already built into the program.

Here's the local angle from one of Kansas City's top ranking elected officials . . .

Congressman Cleaver Opposes President Trump’s Announcement of New Restrictions on SNAP

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP) is formerly known as the Food Stamp Program

(Washington, D.C. ) - Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II opposes President Trump’s proposal to change key components of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides assistance to families to help put food on the table. The Administration is now proposing to implement, through executive action, additional work requirements for some applicants and restrictions to SNAP.

“House Republican leaders sought to secure these same changes to SNAP as part of the farm bill. But it didn’t work. Congress just passed a revised farm bill without these damaging provisions to SNAP. Now the President wants to ignore the law passed by Congress and implement these restrictions with the swipe of a pen,” said Congressman Cleaver.

SNAP is the nation’s nutrition assistance safety net, providing billions of dollars in food benefits to people across the country.

In Missouri, in 2016, SNAP reached a little over 800,000 residents--more than 10% of the population, according to the USDA profile.

Those affected would be SNAP participants ages 18 through 49 who are not raising minor children in their homes. The people, whom the rule change would affect, are among the poorest of the poor, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data show.

Only 18 percent of SNAP recipients had gross income above the poverty line, while 40 percent had income at or below half the poverty line, according to the USDA.


A longstanding, harsh provision of SNAP law already limits these 18-through-49-year-olds to just three months of SNAP benefits (in months that they’re not employed at least 20 hours a week) out of every three years. If you can’t find a 20-hour-a-week job, you’re cut off SNAP.

Participation in a work or training program counts toward fulfilling this requirement, but states aren’t required to provide work or training slots to these individuals — and most states don’t. In addition, searching for a job does not count toward meeting the requirement.

The proposed changes also would restrict a critical provision that lets states seek waivers of this three-month cut-off in areas where jobs are scarce. From the provision’s enactment in 1996 until now, Democratic and Republican administrations alike have operated under a common set of rules in considering and granting waivers from the three-month cut-off. Now, the Trump Administration is seeking to severely restrict the ability of states to apply for a waiver — an alternative that’s certain to increase hunger and destitution.

“Most working-age adults on SNAP who can work, already do so. Unfortunately, low-paying jobs with unreliable hours and little to no benefits are all too common.We should be doing more to help these families, not throw them to the wind. These provisions will force people out of a program that was put in place to help them when they need a helping hand,” said Congressman Cleaver.

“The President should be trying to help with policies such as better job training and employment programs and a higher minimum wage instead of denying people, who are already struggling, basic food and nutritional needs,” said Congressman Cleaver.
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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

We can talk about percentages and that's a fair argument. But never forget that more white people are on food stamps than anybody else.

Anonymous said...

^^^Because there are far more white people than anybody else. Now go to the percentages for the real story.

Anonymous said...

^^^ You just defeated your own argument.

But it's sad that you want to see working people starve.

Anonymous said...

What does per capita mean...durrrrrrrr

Anonymous said...

No what's sad is people who abused the system and that is who Trump is after. 10:14 it's obvious you have misunderstood 10:10 post.

Anonymous said...

@10:14 Nice straw man argument. So Trump wants some SNAP reform and that equates to he wants people to starve? Can you say demagogue?
If you are so concerned, you can give money to charities. But I am pretty sure you don't, because liberals don't give much money to charities. You are a socialist and want to take money from other people and then decide who gets it. Sad.

Anonymous said...

If the cleave was so concerned then why does he keep getting federal dollars year after year for the jazz district, this is the kind of shit dummocraps don’t understand, take that money and do some real good for ALL the people who need help, not his cronie Escalade driving friends. We know the cleaves priority is not the poor people so he should stfu before people start noticing his real goals.

Anonymous said...

You never hear from Cleavage unless he is commenting on what someone else is doing. No original ideas have formed in his head since one that did got him in tax trouble.

Anonymous said...

^^^^ Actually, that makes a good point. I'd like to see more original ideas for OUR district. But here's hoping he doesn't come up with another green zone.

By rights said...

Since when is putting more people to work a bad idea? I think it's the right way to go. I support the President on this.

Anonymous said...

http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/post/rural-americans-are-now-largest-slice-federal-food-aid-recipients

This will hurt Trump country more than anyone else.

Anonymous said...

if you are an h-2 agricultural visa worker you can get snap expedited, no interview or waiting period like regular american sod. Hell, i think all you need is a h-2 ag visa worker living with you to get SNAP benefits. That why the Data from the USDA, it all imported underpaid temp ag workers. Wall, yawn.

Anonymous said...

"rural-americans are-now-largest-slice-federal-food-aid-recipients"
HAHAHAHA
Parse title without reading article

Anonymous said...

It is not the role of the Federal government to put food on people's tables. SNAP, along with every other welfare program, is unconstitutional and should be abolished.

Anonymous said...

Clever would be doing all of KC a favor by just staying out of the lime light and away from the cameras and the press.
It is amazing he was elected to office again.

Anonymous said...

Wage Theft is the biggest fraud in the world. If working people were paid fair bootlickers like you would have to find another hobby.

Anonymous said...

^^^ exactly ^^^