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NEW YORK (AP) Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has joined mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 14 other cities to revive a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.
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actually harming the health of participants," Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose office released the letter, said in a statement. Louis; and Seattle.
14 mayors seek limits for soda buys with food stamps
I have a problem with sanctimonious, ignorant blow hards who believe the lie told to them by Ronald Reagan about the welfare queen driving around Manhattan in a Cadillac while collecting tens of thousands of dollars in government benefits, when the truth is that the overwhelming majority of the poor in America are WORKING poor. And I have a problem with sanctimonious, ignorant blow hards who spy on other people at the supermarket just so they can have someone to look down on and feel superior to. And I have a big problem with sanctimonious, ignorant blow hards who would deny a working mother a can of soda but have no problem with the government spending billions on corporate welfare in the form of farm subsidies, bank bailouts, tax exemptions, and low tax rates on capital gains. Does that about answer your question, Ms. Purdy?
that the OVERWHELMING majority of poor people in America are working poor and not people whose "full time job is being poor." I'm also confident that you cannot tell me what percentage of the federal budget goes to what is commonly called "welfare" (including subsidized housing, food stamps, the Women, Infants, and Children program, etc.), nor tell me what percentage of the taxes you paid last year went to "welfare."
massive farm bill the Senate passed last week; the House is preparing to consider it this week. contributed to this report.
The benefits can't go to buy alcohol, cigarettes, hot food and some other items. Proposals to stop people from using the benefit to buy soda, candy and other items seen as unhealthy have been floated for decades; opponents have said such restrictions would be paternalistic and might discourage needy people from getting the subsidies.
Portland mayor's spokesman, Dana Haynes, said that while Hales did sign the letter, the obesity and sugary drinks issue was just part of it. Haynes said Hales' focus is to argue against cuts to the federal food stamp program known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Department of Agriculture, which runs the food stamp program, declined to comment on Tuesday's letter. Representatives for Republican House Speaker John Boehner and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, to whom the letter was addressed, didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
"We need to find ways to strengthen the program and promote good nutrition while limiting the use of these resources for items with no nutritional value, like sugary drinks, that are Nike Uptempo 97 Urban Haze
Well, there are some people on food stamps that probably take drugs. They would crave sugar so they could be the ones abusing the system. Although just because you see a person buy some energy drinks or junk food with a Quest card doesn't mean that's ALL they buy. They could buy healthy items at other shopping times or they may already have healthy items at home maybe they are just needing a pick me up, just like when we choose to buy a coffee at the espresso stand. Should they NOT BUY COFFEE??? How do any of us exactly know anything about someone else's life?
In a letter sent to congressional leaders on Tuesday, the mayors say it's "time to test and evaluate approaches limiting" the use of the subsidies for sugar laden beverages, in the interest of fighting obesity and related diseases.
"Targeting struggling families who rely on (food stamps') vital safety net will not make America healthier or reduce government spending," the association, which represents the non alcoholic, refreshment beverage industry, said in an emailed statement.
Earlier this month, Bloomberg wrote to Senate Agriculture Committee members to applaud a proposal to have the USDA conduct a two state test of limiting the use of food stamps to buy unhealthy food and drinks. The proposal wasn't included in the version of the Nike Air Max Uptempo Cheap
Last year, more than 47 million Americans used food stamps technically, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
I understand Kevin. All it takes is some very serious medical conditions or an example back surgeries that do not go right and you could be needing assistance. You worked so part of your 10% taxes go into food assistance. Who can judge? Certainly not me. I know there are some people who have abused the system. Living in luxury homes yet getting assistance. Some are caught and that's understandably right to catch them, but to demand a stop to not being able to buy sugary drinks, come on. Maybe someone has a medical condition that requires sugary drinks or candy bars to help their sugar levels, just saying.
The American Beverage Association, which has previously clashed with Bloomberg, said sugary drinks shouldn't be singled out as a cause of obesity. It called obesity "a complex health condition that affects Americans of all income levels."
Bloomberg has gotten national attention for trying to bar eateries from selling sugary drinks in big sizes, and he has tried before to stop food stamps from going to buy soda. In 2010, he and then Gov. David Paterson sought the USDA's permission to add sugary drinks to the list of prohibited food stamp purchases for New York City residents. The agency declined.
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