Mrs. BEATTY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to denounce the proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, in the House farm bill.
Last week, I had the opportunity to witness a mother feeding her two children and giving them a jump-start because of SNAP, and then a young lawyer came and talked to us about being able to make an investment in this country because she was assisted.
I'm from Ohio, and in Ohio, SNAP reaches 16 percent of the State's population. Eighty-four percent of the households receiving SNAP have incomes below the poverty line. SNAP has helped to lift about 4.7 million Americans above the poverty line in 2011, including 2.1 million children.
For many of the poorest Americans, SNAP is the only form of income assistance they have. Mr. Speaker, we must protect our most at-risk children and families in this Nation. Let's save SNAP.