‘The federal government provided the average family a $133.84 monthly benefit in 2011, so Sessions’ proposals “could leave America’s poor only $43.84 on average to spend on food in a month.”
‘Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is advancing an amendment to the 2012 farm bill that will cut more than $4 billion from the food stamp program and could take $90 out of the average benefit just as millions of lower-income families are struggling to make ends meet in a difficult economy. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) agreed to bring the measure up for a vote, along with an amendment from Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY) that may “restore some of the lost funding” as part of a compromise on Monday’.
‘Sessions claims that the cuts would prevent fraud in the program. As he put it during a June 7th floor speech’.
‘But the fraud rate is only 1 percent in…
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