Measuring Results By The Outcome, Not Dollars Spent
May 8, 2012
Congressman Huelskamp spoke at a House Budget Committee Markup on May 7, 2012 to oppose a motion concerning food stamps, or SNAP benefits.
In the past decade, the food stamp program has increased from 19 million participants to 44.7 million participants (260% of the 19 million) - yet we cannot seem to find 4% to cut. This gross expansion of benefits does not indicate greater compassion from Washington, but rather the inability to make certain that people can find a job and receive a paycheck. Indeed, it takes people an average of 39.9 weeks to find work today - which means today's college graduates won't get their first job until Valentine's Day next year.
Congressman Huelskamp also presented a check for $1.00 to the Committee and explained that through certain loopholes in the food stamp program, recipients in 16 states would be able to exchange this check for $1,560 in SNAP benefits.