UPDATE: David from FGCU Eagle News sent a link to this video of Radel’s press conference last night where he announced he would be taking a leave of absence to enter into an inpatient drug rehab program.
Freshman Congressman Trey Radel (R-Fla.) backed a GOP bill that would make food stamp recipients have to pee in a cup every month to prove that they were worthy of, you know, eating. You may remember Radel as the Congressman busted last month in D.C. for cocaine possession. So yeah, his stance on this is a might hypocritical.
The House is expected to consider a bill this week that would cut food stamps by an estimated $4 billion annually and allow states to put broad new work requirements in place for recipients.
The legislation also would end government waivers that have allowed able-bodied adults who don’t have dependents to receive food stamps indefinitely.
The vote comes after the House defeated a wide-ranging farm bill in June because many conservatives believed the cuts to the nearly $80 billion-a-year food stamp program weren’t high enough. That bill would have made around $2 billion a year in cuts.
Food stamps have for decades been part of farm legislation. But House leaders separated the food and farm programs after the bill’s June defeat and passed a farm-only bill in July. The Republican leaders, led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, then crafted the separate food stamp bill in an effort to appease conservatives who have been aggressively pushing for cuts to domestic food aid.
That’s right, actively assist in creating the largest recession this country has ever seen and then complain when people don’t have enough to eat. I’m sure it doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that 3/4 of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck or that the rich of managed to earn $5.6 trillion during this “recovery period” while the rest of us have taken a loss of around $670 billion. So if you need help feeding your family during these boon times you better be willing to sacrifice every ounce of human dignity you have left thanks to our representatives in congress.