Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price revealed his proposed spending budget on Tuesday. The document was not specific where the cuts of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would go, but committee staff revealed the program would suffer a loss of $125 billion over 10 years.
This attempt was made on March 20, 2015. Why do we bring this to your attention now? Because history has a tendency to repeat itself. This is not the first time nor will it be the last. As a betting man, I would bet that with Donald Trump in office they will attempt it again. The Republican party has an anaconda like hold on both of the House and Senate with a record number of State legislative chambers.
As of December 7, 2016, Paul Ryan and the Republicans are proposing $170 billion in spending cuts for the budget of 2017, according to the International Business Times.
A lot of US voters fail to realize that SNAP is the largest program of the fifteen federal social safety nets for lower income individuals.
How many Americans are currently on food stamps in your state?
According to the United States of Department of Agriculture – Food and Nutrition Service in 2016, one in seven are dependent on SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) or to put it in perspective, 45,368,265 of our neighbors are dependent on a form government assistance.
House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) better have an explanation to 1,774,540 citizens of his district. Most of these recipients are elderly, single parents, disabled or children.
You can see your tax dollars at work here as of Oct. 2016. With the proposed budget cuts, this number will be a drop in the bucket compared to what is coming.
I implore you to call your local representatives, senators, congressmen and to encourage your neighbors to do the same. We have allowed our neighbors to be penalized, humiliated, criticized for not being able to make ends meet.
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