Workonomics: Congressman Finds Living on Food Stamps No SNAP

The average food stamp recipient receives about $31 a week ($4.42 a day) for groceries and that’s apparently too much for House Republicans—who by the way earn about $3,350 a week plus perks and seem to work about three days a week for maybe 40 weeks of the year. But I digress.

This week the House passed a farm bill that, for the first time 40 years, does not include funds for food stamps. Their reasoning, as flawed as it is, is that the program known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is far too generous and far too big and needs to be cut by at least 20%. Maybe they should try to do what their colleague Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) recently did—just see how far that $30 stretches and then live on it for a week.

In this latest Workonomics installment for Upworthy, DeFazio, hits the checkout line with a meager basket of low-cost bulk basics, but few fruits and veggies and healthful protein choices.

Says DeFazio:

20% of them [food stamp recipients] are seniors, half of them are kids and the majority of the rest are working for low wages. I sure don’t begrudge them the little bit of help they’re getting.…There are lots of things I think members of Congress should have to do to be more in touch with reality. This would be one of them.

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