Obama Free to Go on Advertising Food Stamps in Mexico

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Magnet? What illegal immigration magnet? That’s immigration reform magnet, now.

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.

However, upon reading through the text of the bill and the bill summary explanatory document, there is no such “prohibition” included in it. Instead, the explanatory document that Rogers published just states that USDA is “strongly discouraged” from advertising food stamps programs with foreign governments.

The more things claim to have been changed, the more they stay exactly the same. A Republican deal with a Democrat invariably ends with the Democrat getting everything he wants on policy issues and the Republican getting bragging rights based on meaningless language.

Similarly, during the Senate Budget Committee markup of the Democratic budget that Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) offered last year, Sessions offered an amendment that would have ended the USDA’s partnership with Mexico on food stamp advertising in that country. Senate Democrats unanimously voted against that Sessions amendment.

And let’s not forget that

Department of Agriculture personnel in the Obama administration have met with Mexican Government officials dozens of times since the president took office to promote nutrition assistance programs — notably food stamps — among Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America.

“Nearly 1 in 6 people living in the US are now on food stamps,” Sessions noted. “How can the administration justify trying to increase that number through outreach on the foreign soil of fifty consulates?”

Somebody’s got to move here and vote for him six times.

  • Old Khem

    You can bet they are not allowing the use of “Food Stamps” carte’ blanc in Mexico. That’s seems to be what this meme, and Breitbart would like to convey. The Children of Illegals that have been born in the U.S. are eligible for the program, not folks across the board. The meme, once again is also “miss leading” (intentionally), to give the appearance that EBT (Food Stamps) could be used for the items listed. So much Skewing. And Never questioned.

    • MarilynA

      When the parents of the children born in the US return to Mexico they should no longer be eligible for US welfare payments nor food stamps. It’s bad enough that the illegals in this country and the new “citizens” who have been granted amnesty after coming here illegally are sending most of their wages back to Mexico while living off the US dole. The US is no longer a rich country. We have sold our souls to the Chinese and Middle Eastern sheiks to keep up this charade that we can afford to give all things to all people. Enough is enough. We are going to have to start somewhere or we are all going to be bankrupt.

    • CowboyUp

      What’s the justification for advertising food stamps in Mexico?

      • A Z

        Power for a clique of people.

    • ZZ

      Old Khum,

      Spare us the Obamaburo talking points. Every wetback with an ID is on public assistence — often under multiple aliases with multiple claims per household. And stores in Mexico that accept American food stamps illegally will absolutely sell anything for them.