Friday, September 20, 2013

Action Alert: Federal Bill HR3102 Denies Food Stamps to Anyone Convicted of Sexual Abuse

Updated September 22, 2013:

Earlier today eAdvocate sent me an email pointing out Sub-section C in HR3102 

(c) Inapplicability to Convictions Occurring on or Before Enactment- The amendments made by this section shall not apply to a conviction if the conviction is for conduct occurring on or before the date of the enactment of this Act.  
So if Sub-section C remains in HR3102 then all current/existing Registered Sex Offenders would not be denied Food Stamp benefits.  

But every year 40,000 – 60,000 new citizens are added to the U.S. Sex Offender Registries nationwide and because their conviction would be after this bill becomes law (if it becomes law) they and their families would be denied all access to Food Stamps (SNAP) with no petition process or waiting period option. 

Sub-Section C could be removed before being passed affecting all RSO’s. 

Sub-Section C could be amended to a specific date in time already passed and then a portion of RSO’s would fall before the randomly selected date and then there’d be the group that falls after the date. 

Date, no date in the end it doesn’t matter. 

Hateful legislation based on myth, fear and vengeance that creates “us” and “them”, the “haves” and the “have nots” all because of a conviction (usually because of a plea deal due to fear, ignorance or lack of financial abilities) is not how our government subsides assistance programs should be managed. They think its justified disqualification but when the spouses and children become collateral damage being denied housing, food or ability to earn income (for the RSO) there is NOTHING justified in such an action! 

So I am going to reiterate a point I made in my original post 2 days ago to all of you. 

Just because the current version of this proposed Federal Legislation won’t affect you or your loved one doesn’t mean you take the attitude of “if it doesn’t affect me why should I care”?  The majority of vengeful, myth-based, punitive, retroactive and/or unconstitutional proposals that I have publicly opposed over the last 5 years would NOT have affected my family but they were wrong and needed to be opposed, so I did it for everyone who couldn't or wouldn't speak up, because it was the right thing to do. 
Any punitive RSO restriction imposed across the board affect us all and because no one else but those of us affected will ever speak up for RSO’s……….. means we MUST speak up each and every time!  
There could be a time down the road when you or your loved one needs Food Stamp/SNAP assistance and if this Bill has already become law (in ANY form) depending on the final draft there will be RSO’s somewhere who are being denied assistance and maybe you’re included or maybe you aren’t. That’s a lottery no one wants to win are you going to take the chance by not opposing this bill today? 
Please take a few minutes and contact your one member of Congress and our two U.S. Senators form Virginia (see below for all contact information). 
Thank you. 

Original Post:

Back in May there was a bill moving through Washington, D.C. that was of great concern. S954-Federal Farm Bill with a last minute Vitter amendment to Deny Food Stamps to “Rapists” and “Pedophiles” which I previously posted about.  

Then in July ALL Food Stamp (SNAP) references were removed from the Senate Farm Bill, so the issue was on hold. 

But then 4 days ago on September 16th a new House bill HR3102 Patroned by Rep. Frank Lucas [R-OK3] with almost $40 Billion of cuts to the Food Stamp Program (SNAP) was filed.