Update on "congresscritters eat food stamps for a week" – TSA bans PBJ

Following up on a recent BB post about several US congresspersons who agreed to try and subsist off $21 in food stamps for a week (as they say our government asks program recipients to do), congressman Tim Ryan blogs today:

"You aren't going to believe this, but all I have left is cornmeal.

I was doing SO well! I had everything rationed out perfectly and knew that I was going to be able to stretch my food out until the end. That was of course, until the TSA decided to step in….

Sure enough the very nice TSA agent explained to me the 3-1-1 regulations for liquids. As a public service I've decided to link you to them. He politely put the peanut butter and jelly to the side, closed my bag and gave it back to me. I was too astonished to talk.

I took my bag and walked towards the gate thinking about the 4 or maybe 5 meals that she had taken from me. What am I going to do now? It's not like I can just go to Safeway and grab another jar. I have .33 cents and a bag of cornmeal to last today and tomorrow."

Link. Image: Wikipedia. (Thanks, Eric)


  • Congresscritters try to survive on $21 in food stamps for a week