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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

June 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

The defeat of the farm bill, the decline of John Boehner

Food stamps are a necessity

A sign announces the acceptance of electronic Benefit Transfer cards at a farmers market in Roseville, Calif.  The House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them. [AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File.]

A sign announces the acceptance of electronic Benefit Transfer cards at a farmers market in Roseville, Calif. The House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them. [AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File.]

As syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. pointed out, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the product of former Sens. Bob Dole and George McGovern because “both were horrified that too many Americans were going without nourishment.” [“Boehner’s House implodes,” Opinion, June 24.]

Every member of Congress should be required to live in the poorest area of the state he or she represents, under the same conditions and with only the resources available to those people, and then see how they would vote on legislation regarding SNAP.

Furthermore, any member of Congress who benefits from a bill should recuse themselves from voting; for example, the farm bill’s subsidies for agribusiness.

Harriet Benjamin, Seattle

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