(Mrs. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Mrs. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to the majority's unconscionable cuts to programs that help feed our Nation's hungry. We are the wealthiest country in the world, yet nearly 15 percent of our population lives in poverty. In my home city of New York, over 50,000 people live in homeless shelters--and the number is growing.
Our economy is making progress but there are still millions of people who are struggling. Yet this proposal would kick off at least 4 million Americans from the SNAP program and increase poverty in our country. Women and children in particular bear the brunt of these cuts. Forty-seven percent of SNAP recipients are children and nearly two-thirds of the benefits go to women.
Earlier this week, I saw firsthand how many families in our communities struggle to put food on the table when I visited Hour Children Food Pantry in Long Island City, Queens. The staff and volunteers of this private food bank are heroes and heroines. But we cannot rely on these organizations to pick up the slack. They say participation is up 40 percent.
Defeat this major cut to nutrition that Americans need.