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Food Policy Action Statement on House Budget Committee’s Proposed Cuts to SNAP Program

Food Policy Action Statement on House Budget Committee’s Proposed Cuts to SNAP Program

By | July 21st, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Washington, D.C. – Food Policy Action released the following statement in response to the House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, that proposes $150 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The $150 billion dollar cuts to SNAP are in addition to the previously announced $10…


Washington, D.C. - Food Policy Action released the following statement in response to the House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, th...

Washington, D.C. – Food Policy Action released the following statement in response to the House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, that proposes $150 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The $150 billion dollar cuts to SNAP are in addition to the previously announced $10 billion in cuts over the next decade to nutrition and other entitlement programs under its jurisdiction.

The House Budget Committee’s proposal provides a huge tax cut for America’s richest few and slashes billions in safety net programs, basically robbing the poor and most vulnerable to give to the rich,” said Willy Ritch, FPA’s interim Executive Director. “This reprehensible budget is beyond harmful and cruel to the hardworking families who are struggling to make ends meet. SNAP is the most successful and efficient nutrition programs in America. Over 40 million Americans – most of whom are children, senior citizens or the disabled – depend on it to put food on the table every month. These proposed cuts would abandon them, leaving them hungry, worsening their health and increasing their struggle with poverty. We are outraged by the priorities of this Administration and House leadership, which are completely out of touch with the needs and values of Americans. This budget proposal must be stopped in its tracks.

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