Senate Accepts Deal to Kick Formerly Incarcerated Off Food Benefits


This is outrageous and clearly unconstitutional discrimination against a class of people. People need to eat – period. I’m appalled.

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Yesterday, Sen. Vitter of Louisiana offered up an amendment to permanently drop anyone ever convicted of a violent crime from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). According to Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Democrats in the Senate obliged him. The amendment is for a farm bill, which is currently being debated in the Senate.

Says Greenstein:

The amendment would bar from SNAP (food stamps), for life, anyone who was ever convicted of one of a specified list of violent crimes at any time — even if they committed the crime decades ago in their youth and have served their sentence, paid their debt to society, and been a good citizen ever since. In addition, the amendment would mean lower SNAP benefits for their children and other family members.

So, a young man who was convicted of a single…

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2 comments

  1. This is also appalling to me. I have written to both of my senators, I hope I have reached them in time, and I hope others have voiced their outrage!

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