Alaskan Congressman Don Young today voted against H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013, which if enacted would make $40 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps.
"Today I voted NO on a bill that would drastically cut funding to SNAP, a program that is critical to so many Alaskan families. These proposed cuts would result in approximately 10,000 Alaskans losing SNAP support and harm food security for families throughout the state, particularly in rural areas. In fact, many Alaskans use SNAP to supplement their subsistence hunting and fishing," Rep. Young said. "Isolated villages in Alaska face unique and burdensome economic barriers, and SNAP often provides a critical lifeline for residents. While I agree with many of my colleagues that we should continue to improve SNAP, making such drastic reductions in funding is not the best way forward."
"Hunger is not a political issue to those experiencing it. In Alaska we are lucky to have bipartisan support on hunger issues, and we are so proud of Congressman Young's courageous vote on hunger issues today when he opposed a $40 billion cut to SNAP. SNAP is the cornerstone of the nutrition safety net, providing over 93,000 Alaskans with monthly benefits," said Mary Sullivan, Director of Advocacy and Agency Relations at Food Bank of Alaska. "SNAP not only benefits our vulnerable and hard working poor, it also benefits local economies. Congressman Young's support today will help to create strong communities where people have enough access to enough food to support healthy and productive lives."
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3102 on a vote of 217-210.