If over 33,000,000 are on food stamps and we support crop subsidies with tax dollars maybe the health care reform problem could be taken care of by having those on food stamps eat food that is produced in this country and very healthy.
Why do "rich" people have to care for those who won't and don't care for themselves by their unhealthy lifestyles? The incentives should be on prevention of bad health and encourage good health. These idiots have it backwards. It's like putting rehab before education.
July 9 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $123.8 billion budget for the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration that boosts food-safety funding and eliminates money for animal identification.
Discretionary spending would jump by 11 percent to $22.9 billion for the year that begins Oct. 1 under the bill approved today in a 266-160 vote. The rest of the budget funds programs whose spending is mandated by law, such as crop supports and
land conservation. About half of the budget covers food stamps, which went to a record 33.8 million people in April.
FDA spending would increase by 15 percent to $2.35 billion. Overall, funds allotted for the two agencies would rise 6.5 percent from this year’s spending as estimated by the White House, as wider use of government nutrition programs and increased efforts to improve food safety draw additional federal dollars.
The bill is “responsible agriculture legislation that encourages long-term growth,” Representative Rosa DeLauro said yesterday as she introduced the measure on the House floor. The Connecticut Democrat is chairwoman of the House Appropriations
subcommittee that oversees agriculture spending.
Opponents, mostly Republicans, questioned the bill’s cost. “What this bill does not have is decreases in spending,” said Representative Jack Kingston of Georgia, the top Republican on DeLauro’s subcommittee, who voted against the measure.
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