Grant Starrett Campaign Unveils FoodStampScott Website

Website focuses on Scott DesJarlais' vote for more than $700 billion in Food Stamps, and the harmful effects of the program

The Grant Starrett for Congress campaign released a new website,, that criticizes Scott DesJarlais for voting for more than $700 billion in Food Stamps over the next 10 years. The website shows the staggering costs and the harmful effects that the program inflicts upon the recipients as well as our federal budget. 

“Scott DesJarlais voted for more than $700 billion in Food Stamps over the next ten yearsa major problem not just because of its cost to taxpayers, but its effect on recipients,” said Grant Starrett, Republican candidate for Congress in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District. “The Food Stamp program is one of the terrible examples of the federal government discouraging work and disincentivizing marriage. We need to stand for jobs, not welfare, and the government needs to stop distorting the American family. 

“Conservatives had some great success in reforming welfare in the 1990s, but liberals in both parties have expanded alternative programs, most notoriously Food Stamps, that gut those essential reforms. Nearly half of all Food Stamp recipients are on the program for more than eight years
a sorry tribute to two terms of President Barack Obama.

“The last reason we should be accumulating debt is to turn America's safety net into a hammock. And yet that's exactly what Congressman DesJarlais is borrowing from China for. In fact, in 2014, Tennessee sent $56 billion in taxes to Washington, D.C., and then the federal government turned around and spent all of that and more on Food Stamps. Let's stop the madness.”

The website can be viewed at


-In 2013, Scott DesJarlais voted for more than $700 billion in Food Stamps.

-From 2009-2011, Food Stamp fraud cost $858 million each year. Scott DesJarlais voted to continue this program.

-We have trillion dollar deficits yet Scott DesJarlais voted to spend more than every dollar Tennessee sends to Washington on Food Stamps. In 2014 Tennessee sent $56 billion to D.C. and the federal government spent $74 billion that year on Food Stamps.

-Scott DesJarlais voted for $700 billion in Food Stamps, now one of the fastest growing and top 5 largest entitlement programs. In $5 bills, that would cover the entire playing surface of the football field at Floyd Stadium and stack 97 feet high! 

-The Obama administration admitted to meeting approximately 30 times between 2009-2012 with the Mexican government to specifically promote Food Stamps and other programs to non-U.S. citizens. Approximately 1.6 million non-U.S. citizens were on Food Stamps in 2012, quadrupling from 2001. 

-In Obama's economy, Tennessee had the 5th largest share of households on Food Stamps in 2013.

-In 2001, only 8.3% of Tennessee households were on Food Stamps. In 2013, 17.2% were.

-Food Stamps penalize marriage, encouraging broken families. By 2015, 42 states (including Tennessee) also waived the work requirements for Food Stamps for able-bodied adults.

-49.6% stay on Food Stamps for 8+ years. 65.1% stay on for 4+ years.