Rep. Serrano Votes Against Further Food Stamp Cuts
Washington, DC – January 29, 2014 – Congressman José E. Serrano today voted against a bill containing a further $8.6 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefit formulas. These cuts, which come on top of reductions from last fall, would especially hit New Yorkers, as they are targeted at people living in states that benefit from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
“I was saddened to see a bill that will hurt vulnerable and struggling families pass the House,” said Congressman Serrano. “I voted no, and urged my colleagues to do the same. The bill was called a ‘compromise’ – since House Republicans had initially wanted to cut SNAP by $40 billion. Even as that number was reduced in the final bill, I could not support legislation that cuts benefits to people struggling to get by.
“I was particularly distressed by the bill’s proposition that certain states -- those where home heating is expensive in the winter -- would see their benefits cut more than other states. I find that ‘compromise’ unfair and unequal.
“More galling than anything else was the fact that the food assistance cuts enacted in this bill were not matched by any cuts to the farm programs, which often benefit wealthy farmers. Surely we can do better than this.
“Today was a sad day in the House of Representatives, as yet again we saw Republicans leading the way in cutting programs that help families who are trying to make ends meet.”