A bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday will cause
drastic changes to the federal food stamp program, cutting $40 billion
from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, but
Congressman John Larson said it's a dangerous and damaging way to scale back on spending.
of Connecticut's first congressional district, which includes Berlin,
released the following regarding the cuts, which will come over a
10-year period as part of the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act
“Today, our fears were realized as Congress passed a
damaging bill that threatens to starve our children, seniors and
veterans. By voting to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP), and denying food aid to nearly 4 million
Americans, Republicans continue to ignore the needs of our most
vulnerable populations, and instead opt to punish those who are still
struggling to find work at a time of high unemployment."
“Hunger advocates, faith organizations and farm groups alike stood
firmly opposed to today’s bill. I continue to stand with those who
understand the harmful impact of this legislation, and hope we can agree
on a bipartisan bill that restores these devastating cuts.”
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