Barr says protecting businesses from taxes better for the poor than more food stamps spending

12/11/2012 07:58 AM

Republicans in Congress should hold the line against raising taxes on the top 2 percent of earners and against increasing spending for food stamps, said Andy Barr, who will join the GOP ranks in the U.S. House in January.

“The bottom line is this: we need to make sure we provide our low income folks with jobs. That is the best anti-poverty program in this country. We need job creation. And instead of talking about increasing more and more spending for food stamps, let’s give people jobs so that they don’t have to rely on food stamps,” Barr said.

Barr said he considered the failure of Congress to pass a farm bill an abdication of duty as members of Congress fight over spending levels on agriculture subsidies and the food stamps program, now known as SNAP.

“We need a farm bill desperately,” Barr said.

Here’s a clip of the interview with Pure Politics on Monday:

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at or @mycn2 on Twitter.


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