Thursday, October 20, 2011

Urgent: Vote to Cut SNAP Categorical Eligibility on Table for Senate

US-Senate-LogoFrom our friends at FRAC.

The Agriculture Appropriations bill is currently on the Senate floor, and Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has introduced an amendment (810) that would eliminate categorical eligibility for SNAP. Such a cut would take 1 million needy people from more than 40 states out of the SNAP program, take free school breakfast and lunch away from 200,000 low-income children, increase hunger among children and seniors alike, and vastly increase state administrative costs and red tape.

The vote on this amendment can happen as early as tonight.

With one in six households struggling against hunger, this is not the time to make drastic cuts and add unnecessary red tape in valuable nutrition programs.

Contact your Senators immediately and urge them to oppose any attempt to harm SNAP.

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