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    Members of the Obama administration have met with Mexican government officials approximately 30 times to discuss the promotion of government nutrition assistance programs (such as food stamps) among Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America, according to a new report from The Daily Callers Caroline May.

    The number of meetings was disclosed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a letter to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) who inquired into the feds little-known promotional program back in July.

    The Mexico-U.S. Partnership for Nutrition Assistance Initiative is just one of a wide range of USDA partnership activities intended to promote awareness of nutrition assistance among those who need benefits and meet all program requirements under current law, Vilsack wrote to Sen. Sessions in a letter obtained by TheDC.

    This would make it roughly 151 times since the nutritional assistance partnership was started under President George W. Bush that U.S. officials have met with representatives from Mexicos government to discuss nutrition assistance programs as well as to provide program updates.

    Those instances included 91 meetings with embassy and consulate staff in 25 U.S. cities; 29 health fairs in 19 U.S. cities; and 31 roundtable discussions, conferences and forums in 20 U.S. cities, May notes. Roughly 30 of these meetings and activities occurred under the Obama administration.

    According to Vilsacks letter, this number may or may not be entirely accurate as a few of the meetings may not have been recorded. The agriculture secretary also maintains that the USDA isnt looking to boost its rolls or pressure anyone into enrolling.

    We do not pressure any eligible person to accept benefits, nor is our goal to simply increase the number of program participants, Vilsack writes.

    Of course, this seems at odds with the outreach portion of the USDAs website which flatly states that its purpose is to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [i.e. food stamps].

    [W]e are determined to help people in need make informed decisions about whether or not to seek assistance for which they may be eligible, the letter adds.

    Legal non-citizen participation in SNAP has jumped 190 percent from 2001 to 2010, from 425,000 to 1.23 million legal non-citizen participants, according to figures revealed in the letter.

    That number rose 77 percent since the programs inception in 2004, when it served 693,000 non-citizen participants, May notes.

    USDA did not offer data for 2011 and 2012, but a Republican Budget Committee staffer told TheDC that based on the growth rate, the number of legal non-citizens participating in the food stamp program today is about 1.63 million. Thats more than double the number of legal non-citizens who participated in 2008, she adds.

    Vilisacks letter was also careful to note that illegal immigrants are barred from participation in SNAP.

    I share the goal stated in your letter, Vilsacks letter said in reference to Sen. Sessions July inquiry, which is to help people move toward gainful employment and financial independence.

    At the same time, the Nations nutrition assistance programs have never been needed more to help struggling families until they get back on their feet. I hope that this information clarifies our efforts and my views on these vital program, the letter concludes.
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    Why post articles and leave no links?
    Oops,I forgot. The article contains some more links.

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    14 Jan 2014

    The omnibus spending bill before Congress continues to fund U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advertising programs for food stamps in foreign countries like Mexico, Breitbart News has learned.



    The bill was hashed out between House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). The funding will continue despite claims in a document the House Appropriations Committee published that the bill contains a prohibition on such programs. Page three of this press document states regarding food stamps that the omnibus spending bill contains a "prohibition on advertisements or outreach with foreign governments."

    The entire paragraph that contains that statement reads:


    Requirements for the Secretary of Agriculture to help weed out and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in the SNAP program including a directive to ban fraudulent vendors, and a prohibition on advertisements or outreach with foreign governments.

    However, upon reading through the text of the bill and the bill summary explanatory document, there is no such prohibition included in it. Instead, the explanatory document that Rogers published just states that USDA is strongly discouraged from advertising food stamps programs with foreign governments.

    There is concern about the use of valuable tax dollars to promote enrollment of SNAP through radio, television, and other advertisements as well as outreach activities with foreign governments to encourage the use of SNAP, the explanatory document Rogers published states. USDA is strongly encouraged to cease these types of government-sponsored recruitment activities.

    There is a massive difference between actually prohibiting the use of funds via law through the omnibus bill, or defunding the program, and merely issuing a strongly-worded warning to the USDA about the practice.

    House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing admitted to Breitbart News that there is not really a prohibition on funding for such programs.

    The committees position is that for practical purposes, this language is a directive to ban, Hing said in an email on Tuesday. It is binding in that decisions on future SNAP funding could hinge on compliance.

    Yet the mere threat of future repercussions if the USDA continues these practices does nothing to stop them now.

    Current USDA secretary Tom Vilsack has promoted this policy of advertising food stamps programs with foreign governments and evaded oversight pressure from various members of Congress, like Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), on the matter.

    In a July 18, 2012, letter to Vilsack, for instance, Sessions wrote that the USDA has not complied with oversight requests from his staff on this matter and that the advertising of U.S. food stamps programs in foreign countries like Mexico represents a gross departure from food stamps original purpose.

    It has become increasingly clear that the mission of the food stamp program has moved from targeted welfare assistance for those in need into an aggressive drive to expand enrollment regardless of need, Sessions wrote to Vilsack. To cite just one example, a character in a USDA-produced Spanish language radio novela tries to convince a friend to enroll in food stamps even though that individual says I dont need anyones help. My husband earns enough to take care of us. The first individual responds, When are you going to learn? Pride ought to be celebrated, not mocked.

    Sessions followed up again with Vilsack in March 2013 after the secretary provided the senator with a minimal response that did not fully answer his questions.

    Similarly, during the Senate Budget Committee markup of the Democratic budget that Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) offered last year, Sessions offered an amendment that would have ended the USDAs partnership with Mexico on food stamp advertising in that country. Senate Democrats unanimously voted against that Sessions amendment.

    The omnibus spending bill from Rogers and Mikulski is the second part of the budget deal that House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) cut with Murray. The Ryan-Murray deal set broad outlays, while the Rogers-Mikulski omnibus spending bill offers specific funding directed at various programs and agencies as part of a reflection of the broader guidelines of the Ryan-Murray deal.
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