Democratic campaign group hits Steve King on food stamp cuts

September 24, 2013

The House Majority PAC, a political action group that supports Democrats in Congress, has a new web video slamming U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, over his vote to cut funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps.

The 82-second video keys in on comments from U.S. Rep. Jacke Speier, D-Calif., who noted in a speech on the House floor that King received food and lodging worth $3,588 during a six-day trip to Russia — enough, she said, to feed a food-stamp recipient for a year.

King voted in favor of a bill that cut food stamp funding by $40 billion over 10 years. Funding for nutrition programs typically is included in the five-year farm bill, but disagreements primarily among Republicans over the appropriate size of farm and food assistance programs led to the bills being split and approved separately in the House this year.

A final resolution on farm policy still hasn’t been reached.