Huffman Votes Against Cruel Cuts to Food Stamp Program

September 19, 2013

WASHINGTON­—Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today voted against a

GOP bill that would cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). H.R. 3102, the “Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act,” would take SNAP benefits away from nearly 4 million Americans, cut school lunches for over 200,000 children, and eliminate food assistance for 170,000 veterans.

“The Tea Party fringe has yet again led the House to approve extreme legislation that will never become law. SNAP is a lifeline for millions of American families who cannot afford to eat without this modest assistance,” Congressman Huffman said. “SNAP keeps food on the table for 47 million Americans. Today’s vote was yet another example of House Republicans doubling down on their cruel austerity diet for America.” 

In June, Huffman took the SNAP Challenge to protest extreme cuts to the program, limiting himself to $4.50 per day for food, the average daily benefit for a SNAP recipient.