Congresswoman Jackie Speier: Same Lawmakers Cutting Food Stamps Spending Thousands on Taxpayer-Funded Trips


In my district, California 14, we have about 4,000 families who are on food stamps, but some of my colleagues have thousands and thousands more,” Speier explained on Thursday. “Yet, they somehow feel like crusaders, like heroes when they vote to cut food stamps. Some of these same members travel to foreign countries under the guise of official business.”

“They dine at lavish restaurants, eating steak, vodka and even caviar,” she added, showing food props to members of the House. “They receive money to do this. That’s right, they don’t pay out of pocket for these meals.”

“Let me give you a few examples: One member was given $127.41 a day for food on his trip to Argentina. He probably had a fair amount of steak,” the California Democrat continued. “Another member was given $3,588 for food and lodging during a six-day trip to Russia. He probably drank a fair amount of vodka and probably even had some caviar (ed– This would be Tea Party favorite, the “fiscally responsible” Rep. Steve King). That particular member has 21,000 food stamp recipients in his district. One of those people who is on food stamps could live a year on what this congressman spent on food and lodging for six days.


  • marshall

    Didn’t she know, like, those politicians are ENTITLED to those trips. Gosh! Being a congressperson is so hard….they deserve it!

  • Haystack

    In simpler times, you would just ride through a village, setting fire to thatched-roof cottages while your minions robbed the peasantry of their meager valuables. Today, you run for Congress as a fiscal conservative.

  • Charlie Primero

    The peasants fight amongst themselves for crumbs while Elites pocket TRILLIONS from government coffers. Truly pathetic.

  • BuzzCoastin

    the SNAP program also helps Big AGro
    so it’s hard to understand the desire to cut it
    certainly not to save tax dollars
    (if you print the money you don’t need taxes)
    I guess it just leaves more funny money for them