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Draconian Cuts

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. LINDA T. SÁNCHEZ of California. Madam Speaker, the House farm bill calls for draconian cuts that hurt our most vulnerable Americans. I'll be blunt and just get straight to the point. The House-proposed cuts are completely unacceptable.

The SNAP program puts healthy food on the table for 46 million Americans every month. In my home State of California, close to 6 1/2 million people struggle to put food on the table. An even worse statistic--and one that really breaks my heart: almost 2 1/2 million children each year in California have had to go to bed hungry, and it's simply because their families couldn't afford food.

These proposed cuts to SNAP would quite literally take food out of the mouths of children. In my district, SNAP helps provide food for seniors, kids, veterans, and working families. About 20 percent of my constituents report that at some point last year, they couldn't buy food for themselves or their family. I don't understand why in good conscience Congress would ask millions of struggling Americans to go hungry in order to subsidize big agribusiness.

As a country, we cannot afford to turn our backs on those who need us most now.

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