(Washington, D.C.) Today, House Republicans passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. H.R. 2 proposes drastic cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), including restrictions on categorical eligibility, mandatory participation in the federal child support enforcement program, harsh expansions of work requirements, and increased paperwork for families and states. H.R. 2’s proposed changes to SNAP would take food assistance away from an estimated 2 million people. The Senate, however, has a bipartisan bill (S. 3042) that protects SNAP.
The following is a statement by Anna Chu, Vice-President for Strategy and Policy at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):
“It’s unconscionable that just six months after passing massive tax cuts for millionaires and big corporations, House Republicans have voted to take food assistance away from women and their families. Their bill makes surgical cuts to SNAP that will devastate older women, parents, children, people with disabilities and their caregivers, domestic violence survivors, and low-wage working women. Clearly this is an attack on women and families. We call on Congress to prioritize women and families and support the bipartisan Senate bill that protects SNAP.”