‘It’s just wrong’: GOP lawmakers flabbergasted by Army suggesting soldiers go on food stamps

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are fuming after guidance was released by the Army instructing struggling soldiers to apply for food stamps to curb inflation’s impact.

“With inflation affecting everything from gas prices to groceries to rent, some Soldiers and their families are finding it harder to get by on the budgets they’ve set and used before,” guidance from U.S. Army Sergeant Major Michael Grinston said. “Soldiers of all ranks can seek guidance, assistance, and advice through the Army’s Financial Readiness Program.”

The guidance directed soldiers to state aide, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, Financial Frontline and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program but lawmakers are flabbergasted by the directives.

“I think our priorities are a little mixed up when we’re choosing special interests, which is being done: those who did not pay their loans off at the sake of those who did, related to higher education,” Dan Meuser, R-Pa. told Fox News. “So it’s just wrong.”

While he doesn’t believe SNAP is a bad program, Meuser believes soldier’s needs should take priority on a federal level.

“The people that are in our military are protecting our country, putting their lives [at risk], they’re making great sacrifices…,” he said. “On the same note, if individuals who are in the Armed Services choose to go on the SNAP program, that’s up to them.”

Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan has reallocated money from programs in need and set up “winners and losers,” Meuser said.

New York Democrat Rep. Ritchie Torres called the suggestion “outrageous.”

The administration’s lack of regard for enlisted personnel is reprehensible and the situation is “crazy,” Republican Representative French Hill said.

“The Biden administration has not gotten the national defense authorization bill through the Senate yet,” the Arkansas lawmaker said. “Something where we voted for a pay increase and for benefit increases for our men and women in uniform — we need to take care of them first and foremost. Now what hypocrisy to turn around and say that we’re going to what, I’ve read to be, $560 billion of student loan debt next fiscal year, ballooning the deficit. So, it’s typical of the Biden administration’s mismanagement on both sides of the ledger and making a bad decision, an immoral decision to forgive student loan debt — a problem created by President Obama, I might add as a footnote — and, in turn, suggesting our men and women in uniform go on food stamps because they’re not adequately being taken care of by the Army. It’s wrong on both counts.”

Rep. Nancy Mace called the situation “insanity,” Fox News reported.

“And, in fact, we’re leaving early this week because Democrats can’t get it together on a spending bill to find money to pay to feed our troops,” the Republican of South Carolina said. “It’s crazy.”

Biden’s student loan bailout has garnered pushback from both Democrat and Republican lawmakers, who see the program as fiscally irresponsible and a terrible message to send, warning “there will be a generation of college students coming through the pipeline who will expect their government to pay for all of their college.”

“I mean, this is a guy that has ushered in a whole new level of entitlement in our culture in the United States and has created a new level of moral hazard,” Texas Representative Jodey Arrington commented to Fox News, noting the economic stimulus payments encouraged people to stay home instead of work, leading to a labor shortage and inflation.



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