Q: Will people be able to buy beer and cigarettes with food stamps starting Jan 2015?

A : Nope.

It’s really that simple of an answer. Nah,nope,not happening.
It’s a rumor started among Conservative punditry.

That’s it. The end.

Now, I’ve also been asked to talk about this meme circulated by a few of the liberal Facebook pages:

This applies to cuts to the WIC program. It’s not related to food stamps at all. $93 million cut from WIC is a pretty big deal, especially since many low income families who JUST barely qualify for SNAP can still qualify for WIC. BUT $6.6 billion was added to the WIC budget specifically for white potatoes. So, there’s that.

Read more about what the spending bill entailed: What’s in the spending bill

One thought on “Q: Will people be able to buy beer and cigarettes with food stamps starting Jan 2015?

  1. Wow, go Potato Board of America. Bonuses all around for their lobbyists. Boo-hiss on the fact that in finally doing something, the legislature goes after women and the children (who are ALL born whether that was in the best interest of mother, child or family btw). Info is good. How do we open the doors so we are not just preaching to the choir?

    Linda

    If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill >

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