Strongly Worded Statements
West Side Congressman Jerry Nadler is fuming mad about the federal farm bill, which cuts billions from food stamp benefits.
Mr. Nadler, not known as a rhetorical bomb-thrower, used some unusually harsh language Sunday against Republicans lawmakers, charging they “want people to starve” by forcing “immoral” and “disgusting” cuts on hungry families.
It would seem obvious—except that for many, it is not—that governments have every right to make sure that the benefits they distribute are going to the right people, and that those people are eligible to receive them.
For nearly two decades, New York City has been cracking down on food-stamp fraud by fingerprinting eligible recipients. The measure has saved millions of dollars. But it now appears that the program is doomed—Governor Cuomo has said he will put an end to fingerprinting food-stamp recipients and so remove what critics see as an unnecessarily harsh requirement for needed benefits.
City and state officials are positioning themselves to garner funding from any new federal stimulus package for various transportation and infrastructure projects. Most of the projects are smaller-scale and nearly ready to start development.
It’s hoped, officials say, that new federal funds from the stimulus will push the projects forward.