Thursday, February 12, 2015

The House Just Passed the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act. Spoiler: It's Not About Fighting Hunger.

Earlier today, the House voted to pass the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act 279 to 136.

Has the House GOP shown a new interest in fighting hunger? Hahaha, of course not.

The bill extends three tax credits:  the deductions for contributions of food inventory, allowing tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts for charitable purposes, and the deduction for contributions of conservation easements to preserve land.

When discussing tax credits for charitable giving, it's important to remember that they are designed to primarily benefit the top 1%:

Most Democrats opposed the bill because it extends a tax credit to benefit the rich without offsetting the lost revenue. The GOP, of course, only cares about the deficit when it comes to policies aimed to benefit the middle and working classes.

One Republican--Walter Jones (NC-03)--joined Democrats in voting against it.

39 Democrats joined Republicans in voting for it:

Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
Brad Ashford (NE-02)
Ami Bera (CA-07)
Sanford Bishop (GA-02)
Brendan Boyle (PA-13)
Julia Brownley (CA-26)
Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Lois Capps (CA-24)
Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
John Delaney (MD-06)
Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
Ted Deutch (FL-21)
Elizabeth Esty (CT-05)
John Garamendi (CA-03)
Gwen Graham (FL-02)
Alan Grayson (FL-09)
Janice Hahn (CA-44)
Denny Heck (WA-10)
Bill Keating (MA-09)
Derek Kilmer (WA-06)
Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01)
Annie Kuster (NH-02)
Dan Lipinski (IL-03)
David Loebsack (IA-02)
Sean Maloney (NY-18)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Rick Nolan (MN-08)
Ed Perlmutter (CO-07)
Scott Peters (CA-52)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
Mike Quigley (IL-05)
Kathleen Rice (NY-04)
Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)
Dina Titus (NV-01)
Juan Vargas (CA-51)
Filemon Vela (TX-34)
Tim Walz (MN-01)

And lest you thought Republicans suddenly started to care about the hunger crisis in the US, they're already planning to hack away at SNAP even more than they already have.

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