Congressman Fattah Statement On Vote Against Cuts To SNAP Funding

Sep 19, 2013, 21:16 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tonight, Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) voted against the "Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act," that cut basic food aid (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP) by nearly $40 billion.  The measure passed by a vote of 217 to 210.

"As a Member of Congress, and as an American, I believe we have a fundamental responsibility to ensure the most vulnerable members of our communities have secure access to food.  Tonight I voted against legislation that would endanger our nation's children, veterans, and seniors by denying them the assurance of this basic need.

"SNAP is our country's most important anti-hunger program and a critical lifeline to so many in our community. Hard-working individuals and families in Philadelphia, and across our country, rely on these benefits to put food on their table. I will continue to fight to restore SNAP funding."

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah