House Republicans passed a bill this week cutting food stamps by $39 billion, which could kick up to 3.8 million people off the program next year.
These kind of political games—with an issue as important as providing meals to millions of American families—are just unacceptable. An article from the New York Times a couple weeks ago sums it up best:
As a self-described "true Southern man" -- and reluctant recipient of food stamps -- Dustin Rigsby, a struggling mechanic, hunts deer, doves and squirrels to help feed his family. He shops for grocery bargains, cooks budget-stretching stews and limits himself to one meal a day.
For the Rigsbys, both 20, the priority is three meals a day for their son, Drake, who is 1. Some months they run out of milk. Mr. Rigsby, who is out of work with a knee injury, recently sold his truck for cash; his wife, Christina, works part time as a clerk at J.C. Penney. On the refrigerator in their sparsely furnished apartment is a calendar marked with the date -- the 6th -- that their card is refreshed. "FOOD!" it declares.
"When we got married, we told each other that we want to be able to sit down at the table and eat as a family," Mrs. Rigsby said. "But we don't really get to do that."
The bill cuts food assistance for almost four million low-income people, including some of "the very poorest Americans, many children and senior citizens, and even veterans,” according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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