Kind votes against food supplement cuts
contributed…WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) voted Thursday against H.R. 3102, dangerous legislation cutting $40 billion from the critical Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that helps struggling American families buy food. ”This wrong-headed approach would take food off the dinner tables of vulnerable families here in Wisconsin and across the country,” said Rep. Kind. “Congress should absolutely not be making such drastic cuts to our food programs that would increase the number of Americans, especially children and seniors, who are going to bed hungry.” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 34,000 households in Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District receive SNAP benefits. Over 800,000 Wisconsinites rely on SNAP, nearly half of whom are children, and current SNAP recipients receive $1.40 per meal. There is bipartisan opposition to the cuts found in the bill. Former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) recently co-authored an op-ed stating that “Tackling our nation’s hunger issues has always resulted in a win-win situation for farmers, low-income families and our economy. The latest proposal from the House is an about-face on our progress fighting hunger” and that “this is no time to play politics with hunger.” “It used to be that Members of both parties could agree that helping disadvantaged Americans buy food was good policy,” continued Rep. Kind. “Instead, the House majority is pursuing a dangerous political agenda that will compound the difficulty that many Americans are facing as they struggle to afford groceries.” “There has to be a better way to pass a Farm Bill to reform our agriculture policies that would actually secure bipartisan support,” concluded Rep. Kind. “That’s why I’m continuing to lead the fight to rein in wasteful subsidies that favor big agribusiness over family farmers. If Republicans are truly interested in real reform, they should join the effort to overhaul our subsidy programs instead of cutting food assistance to our children, seniors and the disabled.”
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