Mr. CROWLEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today not to offer my own words about the Republicans' major cuts to food stamps.
Instead, I want to let my constituents speak directly to the House Republican leadership. In this stack of plates sent to me, one of my constituents asked:
``How would I live if food stamps were cut?''
Others have said:
``There are a lot of people who would go hungry without food stamps.''
``If the help I receive now for food stamps was cut, it will affect me and my kids while I'm trying to finish my college degree.''
``In these hard times, food pantries get me through the week.''
``To see your own kids starve and not be able to feed them is one of the worst pains a parent can experience.''
``If food stamps were cut off, my 4-year-old brother and I would have to go to sleep hungry. We would also have to miss meals. This will be unfair considering he's only 4--and I'm 15.''
These stories are heartbreaking and serve as evidence why cutting the food stamp program will really affect people's lives.
To my colleagues, I leave you with this last one: ``Please don't stop helping people.''
Please don't stop helping people.