Press Release

Congressman Cuellar Releases Statement on Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act

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Washington, September 19, 2013 | comments

On Thursday, September 19th, Congressman Henry Cuellar released the following statement regarding his vote against HR 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act.  

“Today, I voted against HR 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, a bill that would cut $40 billion from nutrition assistance programs and deny Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Programs (otherwise known as SNAP) benefits to at least four million low-income Americans.  This bill will cause over 14 million Americans will lose SNAP benefits, which pay for school lunches for kids, provide benefits to veterans, and support the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families fund. 

For the last 40 years, the Farm Bill has been a partnership between rural and urban America, between those who produce our food and the communities that provide a market for that food.  Rather than following a proven model of bipartisan cooperation, the House GOP leadership has decided to cede control of the House floor to the most extreme wing of their caucus.  I urge the Majority Leadership of the House of Representatives to instead take up the Senate version of the farm bill, S 954.  This bill makes practical and reasonable reforms to the SNAP program while still providing nutrition funding and protecting the most vulnerable Americans.”

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