Gov’t Shutdown Could Mean No Food Stamps For Millions

The Obama Administration warned Tuesday a government shutdown would mean 46 million people losing their food stamps. This despite a similar claim in 2011 being proven false.

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According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the problem is a lack of reserve money. The USDA runs the food stamp program. It is officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. If the government shuts down, the USDA claims, it will have to end benefits within the first several days of October.

“If Congress does not act to avert a lapse in appropriations, then USDA will not have the funding necessary for SNAP benefits in October,” Catherine Cochran, a spokeswoman for USDA, told The Associated Press. “Once that occurs, families won’t be able to use these benefits at grocery stores to buy the food their families need.”

Cochran refused to give details on how exactly the automatic food stamp payments would stop, or why it continued unabated during the 2013 shut down. The dangling of benefits in front of a shut down is not a new occurrence under the Obama administration. According to Politifact, in 2011 President Barack Obama lied when he warned Social Security checks would not be sent out if the government shut down.

A dispute on whether to defund Planned Parenthood is the main issue which threatens to shutdown the government. Lawmakers have till the first of October to pass a budget. If they don’t, the federal government will run out of funds and have to shutdown.

House Republicans passed a budget proposal Sept. 18 which would cutoff funds to Planned Parenthood for a year. The proposal looks unlikely to pass the Senate and even less likely to be signed by President Barack Obama. If the House proposal or an alternative doesn’t pass, the government shuts down.

The move to defund Planned Parenthood comes with renewed criticism over how the group handles abortions. The debate centers around a video The Center for Medical Progress, a right-of-center medical ethics group, published that shows a Planned Parenthood employee casually discussing, over a salad, how the organization harvest fetus organs after an abortion. The video was just the first in a series of footage that prompted a national backlash. This included renewed calls to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

The footage was part of a 3-year investigative effort. Dr. Deborah Nucatola talked to undercover actors she thought were buyers from a human biologics company.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood claim the videos were misleading and politically motivated. They also argue the organization offers too many critical services for women and families to be defunded.

Originally published by the Daily Caller News Foundation

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  1. Horrors!! We can’t have that. Turn me loose with the expenditures and I’ll bet I can find many other places to eliminate. And for those “poor families” at the grocery store, they just might have to give up their Twinkies and potato chips that we are all paying for.

    • Shutting down food stamps will NEVER happen.. the far far leftists will NOT allow it to happen to their fraudulent voting base!

  2. Horrors! Deadbeat’s might not get their FREEBIE FOOD. Well, having stood in line behind a welfare shopper, I can tell you they are eating well. The “wife” paid for all the milk, eggs, steak, chicken, ham and butter etc. THEN the husband pulled out a HUGE, and I do mean HUGE wad of money and paid for the booze, cigarettes and other non-covered items. She also used WIC to pay for some of the food. I put my cart on hold and followed them out to see what they drove. A BRAND NEW SUV, and the stroller was top of the line for the baby. The toddler was wearing pretty nice clothing too. SO I don’t feel to badly. SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN for all I care. It’s not working for me anyway.

  3. A small price to pay for reining in Leviathan.

  4. Government shut down is not an actual shut down, only 15% will be idle in the government, 85% will still be working. This is an old politcal ploy of disinformation by Democrats and RHINO’s to make people panic about shutting down the government. People need to wise up and quit being fooled.

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