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Hungriest Counties “Represented” By Lawmakers Who Voted To Cut SNAP

Friday, September 20, 2013

EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin calls out the lawmakers who voted in favor of the $40 billion cut to SNAP yesterday (Sept. 19) that “represent” some of the poorest- and SNAP dependent- counties in the country.

Kustin writes:

Sadly, two-thirds of the 39 legislators who represent America’s 100 hungriest counties voted yesterday to cut funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, by $40 billion over the next ten years.

What’s more, the same legislators voted last month to increase unlimited subsidies for the largest farm businesses at a time of record farm income.

Two of the members with the hungriest counties in their districts not only voted to increase farm subsidies for their wealthy neighbors. They also voted to increase subsidies for themselves.

Read the full story here.

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