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Congresswoman's Statement on Republican Cuts to Nutrition Initiatives

May 15, 2013
Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, the House Agriculture Committee will vote today on a Farm Bill that cuts $20 billion from nutrition support from the poorest, most vulnerable Americans – children, seniors, the disabled, and the working poor.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP – is a lifeline for nearly 50 million Americans to have access to healthy, affordable food and avoid hunger.

More than half of SNAP recipients live in deep poverty – an income of less than $10,000 a year for a family of three.

In Minnesota, two out of three SNAP recipients are poor children, poor seniors, or disabled adults. 

Most adult recipients are parents working low-wage jobs.

The $3.78 in daily SNAP benefits each receives is the difference between eating and hunger.

This Republican SNAP cut will kick 210,000 poor kids off the school lunch program and will deny food to 2 million  Americans living in poverty.

For this Farm Bill to inflict hunger on poor children, seniors, and people with disabilities as a policy to reduce the budget deficit is immoral and an obscenity.

I urge my colleagues to reject this cruel and harmful proposal to increase hunger in America.