Obama to GOP: Pass Farm Bill, Protect Vulnerable Americans
Today approximately 47.8 million Americans are recipients of benefits according to the United States Department of Labor. The reasons behind such high dependence on government benefits are contested — Republicans think the near record numbers indicate a need for reform, and Democrats point to the Economy.
According to Reuters, President Obama recently opposed Republican’s attempts to make reductions in food stamps for the poor with threats of a veto, suggesting instead that $5 billion could be cut from the yearly expenditure by removing a direct payment subsidy to farmers and decreasing federal subsidies for crop insurance.
Not too shabby compared to the $3.9 billion that House Republicans hope to save by heightening eligibility restrictions, and the $4.5 billion that Democrats in the Senate say could be saved by winding up certain loopholes — especially with 3.8 million individuals in danger of losing food stamps in 2014 with the House’s present bill.