September 19, 2013
Susan Davis Votes Against Increasing Hunger in America
WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) voted against the House Majority’s legislation to cut food aid (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP) by nearly $40 billion, denying basic food for nearly 4 million Americans next year. The measure passed by a vote of 217 to 210.
“Programs like SNAP keep people from falling deeper into poverty and help them as they work their way into the middle class,” said Davis. “Millions of Americans struggle with hunger everyday. Cutting $40 billion from SNAP is only going to hurt families, children and seniors.”
More than 75% of people on SNAP are children, the elderly, disabled, or already working.
The bill contains a number of provisions that ignore the reality that millions of Americans continue to struggle with unemployment, which is at 8.7% in California. For example, the bill would end governors’ ability to waive SNAP’s time limit for people looking for work in time of high unemployment. Further, the House bill will cut school lunches for over 200,000 children and eliminate food assistance for 170,000 veterans.