Teachers unions cash in at expense of food stamp recipients

Chris Moody
The Daily Caller
8/10/2010

House members return to Washington this week for a special session that will include a vote on a $26.1 billion spending package [HR 1586] intended partially to keep states from laying off teachers, a move some critics have called a “bailout for teachers unions.”

The Senate last week passed their own version of the bill, which cuts $12 billion beginning in 2014 from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, or “food stamps,” program to help make the measure deficit neutral. Anti-hunger advocates and conservatives alike decried the move.

“We’re taking money from feeding poor kids so middle class teachers don’t have to look for jobs,” said Frederick M. Hess, director of the Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.

The bill has spawned criticism from poverty issue advocates as well, who have voiced dissent over the depletion of funding for the food stamp program.

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