On Wednesday, the 2013 Senate Farm Bill was amended by to make those convicted of certain violent crimes ineligible for SNAP (Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, popularly known as food stamps. The amendment was passed by unanimous consent, meaning that neither Republicans nor Democrats objected to the bill.

The new eligibility requirements were proposed by Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, who at the same time introduced another amendment designed to end the so-called “Obama phone” program which helps low-income Americans obtain cell phones. The Senate’s Farm Bill—a large piece of legislation passed once every few years to regulate, fund and subsidize various programs related to agriculture and food production—already included language that would cut food stamps by about $4.1 billion.

“Under current law, there is a lifetime ban for convicted drug felons, though many states have opted out of or modified that ban,” reads a statement from Vitter’s office. “Vitter’s amendment would extend the lifetime food stamp ban to dangerous se* offenders and murderers.”

Timothy Smeeding, director of the University of Wisconsin’s Insti*ute for Research on Poverty, called the amendment “ridiculous.”

“It doesn’t save anyone any money,” he told MSNBC. “It just makes sort of a political statement that we don’t forgive people for crimes once they pay their dues. We’re just going to punish them forever.”

He argued that making it more difficult for convicted felons to meet their basic nutritional needs would encourage recidivism. Read More

Do you feel convicted felons should get food stamps?

  • MoorFeen4Lorraine


    This is a really good, quick, read explaining how the “Obama” phones does not exist. Btw the biggest welfare states are Red states.

    • Moor the idea actually started in 1996 when the Fed Gov started the lifeline program which gave discounts on landline phones to low income families. The gov spun that idea off of pre-paid phones. This started in the Clinton era and remained thru Bush and Obama. Being that there are more white America on welfare than any other race, it’s obvious that it wasn’t an idea to help African American. Thru the media and propaganda rumors started in 2008 that it was a program from Obama. People kill me thinking that welfare is a black thing when we are the minority. SMH!!

      • Tim

        Again, this was under Reagan! Bush put it out there first. I was in the works under clinton but came out under Reagan and Bush!

    • Tim

      Also a big lie about the ‘Obama’ phone is that it is actually an idea started under reagan and put out by g.w. Bush. They tell people Obama did it and most people believe it. Black people Specifically love to drink this Kool Aide!

  • jfizzle

    @moor, thanks for the info. What up in the D for the holiday weekend?

    • MoorFeen4Lorraine

      Just sharing what I know so that you know.

      And just the grill and a few slabs. We taking it eazy on Memorial Day

  • Truthteller

    Thats is a great thing cause there alot of people takin advantage od the system it dont make no sense for people to buss there ass at work allll week then the government take 20 percent of your check to give 2 somebody at home playin video games…I hate goin to the grocery store and seeing people pay for 2 shoppin carts full of food wit a ebt card then go hoop in a nice ass car smh

    • MoorFeen4Lorraine

      Well you must really hate corporate welfare seeing that it totally eclipses welfare for the poor, or did you even know welfare for Wall St. existed?

      • reefmoney


        Most of your so called taxes go to Defense…

    • Tim

      Oil companies that make millions of dollars per hour get the best welfare benefits! Most will only pay the fines on spills and don’t do anything in-regard to developing new technology in drilling and cleaning up their many phuck ups! I hope you also hate paying for the high gas too. With all the companies that did not pay anything in taxes for the past 12 to 16 years we could have free healthcare and real subsides housing. Big business keeps the blood plump going 24/7 on those who are barely making it, even mosquitoes know when to stop sucking blood before they blow up!

  • Tim

    Plus, this is the same dude that got caught with h**es and still got elected back in office. People always say it’s both sides doing stuff like this, but this is what most republicans have been doing for a 12 years. But I guess more people will say Obama did this too.

  • BullnBearHP

    Nice idea but what happens when the people who aren’t eligible for food stamps get hungry?…. More violent crimes??

  • Greg4422

    Lots of info out there about the “alleged” Obama phone myth, so no need to reiterate those points. But what I would like to add is the that the federal “Lifeline” program which was created during the Reagan Administration doesn’t have anything to do with welfare, or food stamps…the program is for “anyone” that is low income. It just so happens that the easiest way to prove that you’re a low income person that qualifies is to use your eligibility for food stamps…rather than filling out and mailing in a bunch of paper work

    • It targets the same individuals. That’s the point that I was making.

  • Senators are felons who just have not been caught yet… Everybody makes mistakes, what about a person trying to turn their life around. One size does not fit all…. #smh

  • jim man

    GIVE US your tired, your poor, your hungry, huddled masses…and we’ll make sure they stay that way.
    this is another unconstitutional bill being pushed through by our spineless criminal congress. all who favor not feeding people and letting them starve because they done something wrong in their life should complain about the u.s. feeding the pedophiles and murders in other countries that we don’t worry about having on any lists. yes they spend billions on foregin aid yet when it comes to feeding americans who done wrong we want to stop feeding them for life.
    theres just something wrong with people who think them selves so much better then others that they want to punish them forever even when nothing was done to them.
    do you people even know or are aware how many childern are suffering and innocent families because of your sex offender laws and restrictions? they not only punish the guilty but the innocent too. and you who support these laws are to blame. you would make more children and families suffer then the law protects because there has been no decline in offences since all your laws were introduced to date and the recidivism is lower then any other crime except murder. this information comes from the department of justice washington d.c. yet the make laws like this and you follow them.
    i wonder what your god will say come judgment day. will he look more favorable on you for your hatred and inhumane treatment of these people the ones who committed a one time crime in their life and asked for forgivness and it was granted by their god or will he cast you into the fires of hell for being so condeming of a fellow man.
    i would not want to even chance being in your shoes come the judgment day. the people in america who support this eternal punishment as is being done on our brother and sisters who have fallen under the lable of the sex offender make me sick. none of you can be christians and expect to enter into heaven. just ask your self what would jesus do?