Newly Proposed SNAP Work Requirement Target The Most Vulnerable Americans

Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) signed onto a letter today authored by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to withdraw proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP

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Washington, April 3, 2019 | comments

For Immediate Release
April 3, 2019

Contact:
Jeanette Lenoir
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Newly Proposed SNAP Work Requirement Target The Most Vulnerable Americans

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) signed onto a letter today authored by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to withdraw proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The proposal would make damaging changes to SNAP, including restricting the ability of states to waive certain works rules during times of high unemployment.

“This administration refuses to see their policy impact on low-income Americans. Poor people across the country are facing increased hardships and yet our President continues to make it harder for them to keep food on the table. SNAP is a crucial social service safety net for more than 40 million people in the country who face severe hunger and malnourishment. It makes no sense to go after an anti-hunger food program that affects nearly 20 million children, almost 5 million low-income seniors, and 1.5 million veterans. Congress rejected similar proposals in the 2018 Farm Bill and I’m pleased to join my colleagues in sharing our opposition once again,” said Congresswoman Moore. 

Research has shown that the people directly targeted by this proposal tend to be some of the poorest in our society. They face a host of complex economic obstacles preventing them from securing stable, year-round employment. In Milwaukee, over 72,000 households receive SNAP benefits. 

“This proposal rooted in ideological soil will disproportionately affect Milwaukee’s most vulnerable residents and does nothing to help those who lack the necessary skills to improve their employment or face other barriers. It only serves to perpetuate the damaging stereotype that people in poverty will not work unless the government forces them to,” Congresswoman Moore said.

 

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