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The omnibus spending bill before Congress continues to fund U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advertising programs for food stamps in foreign countries like Mexico, Breitbart News has learned.
The bill was hashed out between House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). The funding will continue despite claims in a document the House Appropriations Committee published that the bill contains a “prohibition” on such programs. Page three of this press document states regarding food stamps that the omnibus spending bill contains a "prohibition on advertisements or outreach with foreign governments."
The entire paragraph that contains that statement reads:
Requirements for the Secretary of Agriculture to help weed out and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in the SNAP program – including a directive to ban fraudulent vendors, and a prohibition on advertisements or outreach with foreign governments.
This one is a surprise.
I never heard of it before.
Apparently **Advertising** American food stamps is 'common' in foreign countries ?
The lie was thoroughly debunked by Salon in an article this spring .
The lie appears to have a kernel of truth at its core, but not one right wing morons like Rush Limbaugh would like to admit.
The program actually began under George W. Bush, and provides information to Mexican consulates within the United States. Not in Mexico, in the United States.
In 2004, the USDA announced the program :
Many Mexican Americans and Mexican nationals working within the United States have limited awareness of eligibility for Food Stamps and other nutrition programs such as Women, Infants and Children program and school meals. Additional barriers such as the language heightens the need for specialized outreach. The objectives under this agreement include new partnerships, communications outreach in both English and Spanish, and other activities to educate eligible populations.
The USDA plainly states that these benefits are not available to the people Limbaugh says are collecting them:
"SNAP eligibility has never been extended to undocumented non-citizens."
In order to qualify for food stamps, one must hold a green card and reside in the United States legally for five years. However, more than 96% of SNAP recipients are citizens of the United States.
I recently asked someone the other day what they were going to make for dinner. This is the reply I got:
"I don't know. My boyfriend does all the shopping, he's on foodstamps. Usually he just comes home with a bunch of junk food..."
I got fairly upset over hearing that, and the nonchalant attitude to which it was said.