WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Lawmakers Go On 'Food Stamp' Diet To Protest Cuts

Play associated audio

As the House prepares to take up the Farm Bill, nearly 30 lawmakers are putting themselves on a food stamp diet. That gives them just over $30 to spend on food for a week. Holmes Norton says grocery shopping was a rude awakening.

"You don't have nearly the kind of diversity that is necessary for nutritious eating," she says.

The protest is because House Republicans want to slash nutrition programs by more than $2 billion, compared to only $400 million in cuts in the Senate version. Holmes Norton says her diet this week shows what many District residents go through daily.

"You get so hungry that you're tempted, and so you just go to sleep, in the hope that the hunger will be gone by the morning," she says.

NPR

'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really 'Making The World Better'?

Mike Judge's HBO sitcom pokes fun at programmers hoping to hit it rich. It's not the first time Judge has satirized the workplace — his 1999 cult film Office Space explored desk-job induced ennui.
NPR

Consider The Can: An Unlikely Twist On A Louisiana Dish

When Poppy Tooker was a kid, her favorite dish was her great-grandmother's Peas in a Roux. Only years later did Tooker discover that canned peas — not fresh or frozen — were the key to the recipe.
NPR

Following Enrollment Deadline, Health Care Focus Turns To States

President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law.
NPR

Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?

"Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.