Congressman Larson: Food Stamp Cuts 'Threaten to Starve Children'

The cuts, $40 billion in all, will come over the next ten years.

Congressman John Larson. (Credit: Ted Glanzer)
Congressman John Larson. (Credit: Ted Glanzer)
A bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday will cause drastic changes to the federal food stamp program, cutting $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, but Congressman John Larson said it's a dangerous and damaging way to scale back on spending.

Larson, of Connecticut's first congressional district, which includes Berlin, released the following regarding the cuts, which will come over a 10-year period as part of the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013:

“Today, our fears were realized as Congress passed a damaging bill that threatens to starve our children, seniors and veterans. By voting to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and denying food aid to nearly 4 million Americans, Republicans continue to ignore the needs of our most vulnerable populations, and instead opt to punish those who are still struggling to find work at a time of high unemployment."

“Hunger advocates, faith organizations and farm groups alike stood firmly opposed to today’s bill. I continue to stand with those who understand the harmful impact of this legislation, and hope we can agree on a bipartisan bill that restores these devastating cuts.”

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