Friday September 14, 2018
Lawmakers should avoid cuts or changes to SNAP.
Right as school let out in June, the U.S. House of Representatives took a vote that would make it harder for more than 1 million low-income families to put food on the table. They proposed draconian new requirements for SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) in their version of the farm bill. The Senate chose a better path, with a bipartisan bill that protects the program.
Members of Congress are negotiating a new version of that bill. I hope I can count on them to do the right thing, following the Senate's lead in protecting a program that helps more than 40 million people put food on the table.
Making cuts or changes to SNAP won't help anyone find work or move out of poverty; it will just make people hungry.
Kathie E. Takush
Hunger program needs protection