Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke on the House floor today in opposition to a House Republican plan to make deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
"Mr. Speaker, I have also come to the floor today to express my concern for House Republicans' plan to slash funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This program is vital to many in New Mexico, especially our children. Sadly, New Mexico ranks near the bottom when it comes to childhood wellbeing, and ranked worst in childhood hunger.
"The House Republican plan to cut $40 billion from the SNAP program caters to the most extreme views. Earlier this year, they tried to cut $20 billion only to have the Tea Party revolt. So the new plan goes even further at a time when many communities are still struggling from a slow economy, even including a provision that prevents high-unemployment areas from receiving additional assistance.
"Today, we have 47 million American living in poverty, and while we should be doing more to address the root causes, we should not turn our backs on those struggling to make ends meet by cutting benefits that help put food on the table for working families. I believe we all share the goal of seeing a stronger economy that creates jobs and reduces the need for this kind of assistance. But until that time, let's not make the most vulnerable among us pay the steepest price."