Striking workers! How dare you protest unsafe work conditions and corporate raiders who loot your pension accounts! No food stamps for you! Brought to you by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH-04), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX-01), Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN-05), Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ-05) and Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC-01). (All of whom look pretty well-fed to these eyes…)
Specifically, the bill would make ineligible for food stamps any family where one adult member participates in a strike other than a lockout. (I seriously wonder how much a burden strikes are on the food stamp program on a yearly basis). This provision has nothing to do with saving money, and it sure isn’t about adding jobs — it’s a punitive pre-emptive strike (HAH!) against workers’ constitutionally guaranteed rights.
Additionally, the bill amends the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to eliminate the temporary modification of the Caseload Reduction Credit (no, I don’t know what that is either) and reduce state family assistance grants. It also includes this language: (emphasis mine)
Congress further finds that it should also be the goal of the food stamp program to increase employment [?QUE?], to encourage healthy marriage [ditto], and to promote prosperous self-sufficiency which shall mean the abilities of households to maintain an income above the poverty level without government services and benefits.
By denying them food and state assistance. That’s one magic piece of legislation!
I think this is bullcrap. If you agree with me, please call Mr. Jordan at 202/225-2676; Mr. Gohmert at 202/225-3035; Mr. Burton at 202/225-2276; Mr. Garrett at 202/225-4465; and Mr. Scott at 202/225-3176 and tell them The Bitch sent you!