Rep. Veasey Calls upon Colleagues to ‘Extend, Not Cut’ SNAP Benefits
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Once the clock strikes midnight on October 31st, the 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary 13% boost in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will end. That translates to a substantial reduction in monthly SNAP benefits for thousands of residents across Texas. Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) released the following statement calling upon his colleagues for immediate action:
“As Members of Congress, we have the responsibility and obligation to pass reforms to protect the food security of every American. This is why I signed on to H.R. 3353, which will offer a one year extension of the 13% increase of SNAP benefits through FY 2014. It is time for House Republicans to start helping – not hurting – millions of Americans who are striving to get back on their feet by joining to pass this bill and to pass a responsible budget ending unnecessary cuts to lifeline programs for millions of Americans.”
According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, 3.5 million Texas residents receive SNAP benefits. A reduction to these benefits hit households with children, seniors and people with disabilities the hardest.
Release Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Contact: Jessica Coscia, 202-225-9897, Jessica.Coscia@mail.house.gov
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