I am outraged that some in Congress continue their assault on our neighbors struggling with poverty (“The Changing Face of Poverty,” March 27). When Congress finalizes its budget blueprint, this could make poverty and inequality worse. To help pay for new costly tax breaks for businesses and wealthy individuals, the House proposal cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by $125 billion. This would force millions of hungry Americans off the program.
Do lawmakers forget that the primary beneficiaries of SNAP are children, the elderly and the disabled? When it comes to reducing hunger and poverty, our investments in SNAP are helping millions of families put food on the table. And with one-in-five American children at risk for hunger, we need to build on SNAP’s successes.
I urge members of Congress to stand up for hungry families and reject any budget that proposes to cut or restructure SNAP.