Statement on Passage of $40 Billion SNAP Cut in House

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Statement attributable to FRAC President Jim Weill

Contact: Jennifer Adach, 202.986.2200 x3018

Washington, D.C. — September 19, 2013 — Following on the heels of multiple new reports on the tens of millions of Americans struggling with unemployment, inadequate wages and hunger, today’s vote by the House to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $40 billion is simply divorced from the reality of constituents’ lives. Members who voted for this bill have voted to increase hunger in their districts and around the country. Estimates from the Congressional Budget Office found that this bill would end benefits for approximately 3.8 million low-income people in 2014. The cuts would impact the most vulnerable by denying food assistance to children, seniors, veterans, active duty military, and working parents earning low wages.

Now that ultra-conservative interest groups, donors, and House Members have had their say, it is time for the House and Senate conferees and the Administration to work for and produce a Farm Bill that makes sense for struggling Americans. It is time to stop playing politics with poverty, and to start helping low-income people. They must produce a good Farm Bill that does not cut SNAP and that places us on the path to ending hunger in this country.