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GOP Debunked On Food Stamps

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 06:  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to a reporter after a news conference on military sexual assau
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to a reporter after a news conference on military sexual assault November 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. A bipartisan group of senators are pushing to create an independent military justice system with the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Hilary Hoynes is a University of California at Berkeley economist who wrote a particularly notable paper last year. Instead of increasing dependency, as conservative critics have repeatedly claimed, Hoyen’s paper showed that, for mothers, food stamp use during pregnancy and early childhood has exactly the opposite impact of what conservatives allege: It actually increases economic self-sufficiency when children grow up, in the next generation.

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