Probably not the food stamp message the GOP wants to send

Just a quick follow-up to House Republicans voting to cut nearly 40 billion dollars over ten years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, food stamps). Remember that out of the estimated 4 million Americans that would lose their assistance under the GOP plan, some 170,000 would be military veterans. Yet it’s worth pointing out that veterans aren’t the only people with a military connection that would lose benefits in order to reduce federal spending by 0.086 percent in the next decade.

That number would inevitably include some active-duty members of the armed forces:

The House action that stripped food stamp funding from a massive farm bill would threaten vital assistance for about 5,000 military families, mostly from the junior enlisted ranks, Pentagon officials said Friday.

A Department of Agriculture report last year showed that more than 5,000 of the 48 million Americans receiving Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program (food stamps) listed their employment status as “active duty military,” the Pentagon officials said.

This was actually written about the previous House vote, but the basic situation remains relevant. The “work requirements” in the newer House bill would still apply to low-income, employed, active duty military personnel with families. These are folks who, like some of their civilian counterparts, are actually working but nevertheless are poor enough to need help buying food. I imagine that those who voted for this legislation probably don’t want to highlight this particular consequence.


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