Congressman Tim Ryan Votes to Oppose Legislation Cutting $40 Billion from SNAP
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Tim Ryan today voted no on H.R.3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, a cynical and mean-spirited attempt by the Republican majority to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by $40 billion over the next 10 years. Instead of working to create jobs here at home, Republicans are promoting legislation that hurts Americans who are still looking for work, some in places with unemployment rates of 10 percent or more. With almost two million fewer jobs than at the start of the recession, SNAP currently has work requirements which can be waived by the states during times of high unemployment. Forty-six states – including almost every Republican Governor - have sought waivers to provide SNAP benefits for those looking for work. This bill does not allow work requirement waivers.
“The fact of the matter is nearly 50 million people in this country struggle to feed themselves and their families,” said Congressman Ryan. “As a result, these people depend on programs like SNAP to rescue them from chronic hunger. My Republican colleagues would have you believe that the majority of people who utilize SNAP benefits are abusing the system. That is simply not true”
Over 1.8 million SNAP recipients in the state of Ohio receive an average of $138.60, about $4.50 per day. Our economy is growing, but we still have too many people in Ohio who are struggling with economic issues. Across the nation, forty-five percent of SNAP recipients are children, 62% of the adult recipients are women, many of whom are single mothers, and four million senior citizens are enrolled in SNAP. If signed into law, this bill would remove 210,000 children from the free lunch program at their schools and would harm low-income veterans by jeopardizing food aid for the estimated 170,000 veterans who receive SNAP benefits.
This bill is opposed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, American Baptist Churches, Presbyterian Church, National Association of Evangelicals, Bread for the World, Feeding America, No Kid Hungry, AARP, Council on Aging, NAACP, National Congress of American Indians, and the National Farmers Union.