Senate Stands with Poor and Hungry People
Washington, DC, June 14, 2012
Yesterday, members of the Senate voted to table an amendment that would dramatically cut funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If passed, the amendment proposed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) would have turned SNAP into a block grant, permanently freezing annual funding levels at $45 billion per year—$37 billion less than the projected funding needs for the program for fiscal year 2013.
The amendment proposal, which was defeated by a bipartisan vote of 65-33, was part of the ongoing farm bill debates. SNAP (formerly known as the food stamp program) comprises about 80 percent of the cost of the farm bill and serves more than 49 million Americans.
“Hungry Americans cannot withstand a 45 percent cut to SNAP,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Our activists were in Congress yesterday to advocate for SNAP, and we are thankful to the senators who stood up for people in need.”
Bread for the World’s Lobby Day participants conducted nearly 200 meetings on Capitol Hill on Monday, urging members of Congress to protect programs that support hungry and poor people. Many of the senators who voted to table the amendment met with Lobby Day participants the day before.
“We urge senators to hold their ground against deep cuts to SNAP that the House has proposed,” added Beckmann. “Lawmakers must take a comprehensive approach to balancing the budget—one that does not lean on drastic cuts to programs that support vulnerable people.”
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Acting Manager for Media Relations, 202-688-1118