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Location: Washington, DC

Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California. Mr. Speaker, House Republicans are doubling down on a bad idea. These food stamp cuts will not only increase the incidence of hunger but result in a loss of thousands of jobs throughout the food industry alone. Because when poor families, children, the disabled, and the elderly can't afford food, they simply must go without. That's not economic stimulus--it's a national outrage.

It's outrageous that 26 anonymous individuals received over $1 million each in farm subsidies, but $1.40 per meal for a hungry child is considered government waste. It's outrageous that some Members of Congress are voting to enrich themselves and wealthy special interests with farm subsidies while refusing benefits to millions of the neediest and most vulnerable Americans.
I issued a report earlier this year that detailed 14 Members of Congress who are collectively worth up to $124 million, received at least $7.2 million in farm subsidies, and yet voted to cut the nutrition allowance for 47 million working poor families and children.

Imagine that.

In honor of the Chair, let me just say, ``And that's just the way it is.''

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