SUPPORTING THE SUPPLEMENTAL
NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
HON. JIM McDERMOTT
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Mr. MCDERMOTT. Mr. Speaker, some of
my distinguished colleagues claim that we
must cut spending to protect the future of our
country and our children. But what costs are
we willing to incur with reckless cuts to a critical
program that has helped 46 million Americans
stay fed? If we cut SNAP, we will be
throwing the baby out with the bath water.
Children make up nearly half of the Americans
who rely on food stamps. SNAP continues
to play an instrumental role in our nation’s
economic recovery, helping millions of
struggling American families to feed their kids.
With SNAP, students across the country can
start each day well-fed and ready to learn.
There’s no question that SNAP works. The
best way to shrink the program is not through
funding cuts, but by making the American
dream a reality for all Americans once again.
If we truly want to protect our children’s future,
we cannot steal food off their dinner tables. To
protect our future, we must protect SNAP.