Bonamici: Cut Poverty, Not Nutrition Assistance -- Congresswoman Objects to Farm Bill’s $20 Billion in SNAP Cuts
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today voted for an amendment to restore $20 billion in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funding slated to be cut by the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (H.R. 1947). Bonamici was an original cosponsor of the amendment, which was offered by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA). The amendment failed by a vote of 234 to 188.
“Our economy continues to recover, but millions of American children and families remain in poverty,” said Bonamici. “According to the Oregon Food Bank, the SNAP cuts in this year’s farm bill will cause about 90,000 Oregonians to lose the assistance they need to put food on the table. If we’re really concerned about the cost of SNAP, we should focus addressing the causes of hunger. Let’s cut poverty, not nutrition assistance.”
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. Eligibility for the program is limited to households with a gross income of no more than 130 percent of the federal poverty line. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 76 percent of households receiving SNAP include a child, elderly person, or disabled person. The average SNAP household has a gross monthly income of $744.