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Assistance programs need to be tightened

September 22, 2013

By TOM REED and ANDREW GOODELL Feeding the hungry is one of the ways in which we care for our neighbors, and we encourage you to support local food pantries and organizations which help the need....

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Sep-24-13 7:49 PM

Maybe Judeye should read the article before she goes on a tirade against others! The article talks about restoring the job training and work requirements for single able-bodied adults without children, not cutting benefits for the working poor, senior citizens, or military families. It would not affect any children or teens. Instead, it would require people who are receiving government benefits to engage in positive employment-related activities to help themselves leave poverty and become self-sufficient. That is a step in the right direction.

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Sep-23-13 8:35 PM

Boy Marcia and judeye are good at ignoring posts that show them to be wrong about the democrats jobs bills. Or actually the dems not having any and refusing to vote or bring up for a vote the ones from the house.

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Sep-23-13 8:06 PM

William R can you please explain how $4.30 per person X 109,935 ends up being over 14 million per month.?

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Sep-23-13 7:43 PM

How important is SNAP to our district?

In June, 2013, the district had 109,935 people benefiting from SNAP. The total amount of benefits in June, 2013 was $14,177,845. The average daily benefit was $4.30 per person. Over $14 million dollars flowed into our district’s economy that month. That’s more than $170 million in a year. Many people don’t realize that most SNAP households have at least one working member.

Source: newny23rd****

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Sep-23-13 5:29 PM

They can't give you what doesn't exist joew. Or exists nly in the minds of the hardline far leftwing democrats like their hero.

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Sep-23-13 4:14 PM

Marcia,Judeye,Irwin71,what jobs bill, need the # so I can read it?

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Sep-23-13 1:02 PM

thank you judeye for the SNAP Stats! People too quickly blames everything on those who don't want to work, even Tom Reed & Andrew Goodell failed to mention the fact that many recipiants of food stamps and other government benefits are working people!

I guess it's more fun to use our tax dollars on war than helping the poor. Not surprizing if you read many of the comments that fill this website.

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Sep-23-13 12:23 PM

Marcia put the blame on the jobs bills where it belongs. On Harry Reid. The House has sent 27 jobs bills to the Senate that Reid refuses to let come to the floor. He also refused to let the presidents jobs bill be voted on. Get your so called facts straight Marcia. For a list of those 27 go check my post about them on the poll "Do you think the fed’s decision to maintain the economic stimulus program is a good thing?"

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Sep-23-13 11:19 AM

Yes, this one person they identified who received food stamps and doesn't want to work is all over the republican world. Can they not at least find one other person? Perhas they should concentrate their efforts on getting people to work, by passing the jobs bill the president recommended. It would help the infrastructure of our country, help the economy, and put people back to work. But instead, they prefer to give money to giant corporate farms and take away from poor people.

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Sep-22-13 5:44 PM

I was dismayed that Tom Reed used an anecdote to characterize some 20% of his constituents with low incomes as lazy. Shame on Tom Reed -- the idea that dropping off a can of beans at the Food Bank is enough to combat widespread poor nutrition is nonsense.

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Sep-22-13 1:07 PM

judeye wants a government where no one works and everyone receives all they need or want handed to them No one should have to work for a living. She wants obamaism(socialism x 5) as the law of the land.

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Sep-22-13 9:49 AM

Judeye did you even read the letter? Did you notice the mention of ABLE BODIED individuals(several times in fact) WITHOUT a family? Guess not huh? You keep mentioning the "jobs" word. You have yet to show what bill it is you speak of? Are they the several bills that your pal ole Harry is squatting on?

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Sep-22-13 9:27 AM

the unlearned judeye is at it again.Even FDR said he was worried about the risk of the safety net being turned into a hammock. Judeye, get a grip on the economy. The Fed, under Bernarke is propping up the rich, thats wall street folks, the people you hate. He has destroyed the jobs the middle calss depend on . the rich depend on assets, not jobs. judeye goofs it again. Obamacare has put a cold shoulder on jobs till we know how much it will cost employers. remember judeye, Palosi said you had to pass it to see what would happen. we have. the 40 hour week going by the wayside. Parttime worke exploding. Judeye calls this a success ! judeye, how do you always miss the obvious ? wait till we see the results of the obama war on coal. More jobs gone. Success judeye, success ! More people on welfare, thats a breadline of the 30's adjusted for the times .success to judeye !

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Sep-22-13 9:20 AM

Statistics on SNAP...called FACTS.

Children and teens make up HALF of the recipients. Seniors make up another 10%. the VAST MAJORITY of those receiving SNAP ARE WORKING...many full time.

According to Military dot com..."Last year, $99 million in food stamps were cashed in at bases by military families, disabled vets and others with military identification" Take away SNAP for those who serve in our military?

Instead of passing this irresponsible bill (which will fail in the Senate, and would be vetoed by the Pres if passed)..why not work for JOBS that would pay enough so that their workers did not have to rely on US the taxpayer to supplement their wages through programs such as SNAP?

By the way...for a family of four, income must be less than $30,000 with the average benefit $274 a month.

Are either of these politicians willing to take the FS challenge and live on this benefit only for a month? Do it, then let us know how good it is. We will be waiting to hear

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Sep-22-13 9:05 AM

Irresponsible letter whose only intent seems to be to promote the falsehoods and misinformation about a program designed to feed the hungry in our Nation.

Shame on both of these lawmakers!!

Who seem to be more interested in spreading more falsehoods than to address real issues facing our County or our Country.

Take fraud. The level of fraud in SNAP is one of the lowest in any federal program and stands at about 1%..or ONE PENNY per dollar. Now, if you truly want to address fraud in farm programs why not look at the crop insurance "Government audits and court records show hundreds of millions of dollars in losses due to fraud in a variety of farm programs, including crop insurance and subsidies that help agribusinesses promote their products abroad "

See for yourself. Fraud from those who receive food to feed their children...vs Fraud to line the pockets of agribusiness. Look which one our Reps chose to address.

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