DeLauro: “Immoral” Cuts to Food Stamp Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) joined with her colleagues and advocacy groups today to decry proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.  The House Farm Bill, H.R. 6083, would devastate the program, with $16.1 billion in cuts over 10 years.

“These proposed cuts show a total disregard for the real impact they would have on hungry kids and families across the country,” DeLauro said.  “Two to three million people would lose access to the program entirely and nearly 300,000 children would lose access to the free school meals they need to thrive and develop. To make matters even worse, this bill misses an opportunity to reform our crop insurance program, continuing the framework that enables one-third of premium subsidies to go to just over 1.4 percent of our nation’s producers.  This is immoral.  We have to stop these cuts.  We cannot let American families face the threat of hunger.”

Food stamps help to feed over 46 million Americans a day, roughly 21 million of them kids, with one of the lowest error rates of any federal program.  In DeLauro’s district in south central Connecticut nearly one in seven households in 2010 were not sure if they could afford enough food to feed their families.  As a senior Democrat on the committee that funds the USDA, which administers the food stamp program, DeLauro is a longtime champion for the program.