National Call-In Day to Urge Congress to Protect SNAP, Child Nutrition Programs in Deficit Reduction Plan

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Celia Cole /(512) 320-0222 x110

November 17, 2011

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The U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committees have recommended a $4 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) over the next 10 years as part of the deficit reduction plan being developed in Congress. A cut of this magnitude would harm thousands of low-income Texas families who struggle to put food on the table. It would also harm the food industry, Texas agriculture, food retailers and cost jobs. Our state and local economies receive an enormous boost from SNAP spending, particularly during a recession. Last year, 3.6 million Texans received SNAP assistance, pouring over $5 billion into the economy and generating a total of $9.1 billion in overall economic activity. Low-income Texans should not be asked to bear the burden of budget cuts. Congress has smarter and fairer ways at its disposal to balance the budget and resolve our long-term deficit problem, through a balanced package of selected tax increases and careful spending cuts.

Take Action During National Call-In Days
Call your Senators toll-free (888-907-1485) during National Call-In Days (November 15-17).

Relay this message:
Protect SNAP, child nutrition programs, and other safety net programs for low-income and vulnerable people from budget cuts by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee). A balanced approach to reducing the deficit must include revenues.