Submitted by FoodSNAP on 03/30/2012 - 2:23pm.
As you likely read in today's press, House Republicans voted to slash critical safety-net programs including block-granting/cutting SNAP, Medicaid and more. However, the entire Massachusetts Congressional Delegation voted AGAINST the cuts! Please call and thank them for the vote, and urge them keep fighting to protect essential low income programs. To find your Congressperson, go to: https://www.house.gov/representatives
While the Senate has indicated it will not pass the House budget, this vote is very distressing. We anticipate additional efforts will be made to cut core safety net programs. FRAC, MLRI and our anti-hunger allies are urging Members of Congress to protect and strengthen SNAP and other nutrition safety net programs as they make decisions on the 2012 Farm Bill and FY 2013 Budget and Appropriations measures. We are urging Members to reject proposals to block grant SNAP, slash benefits and undermine state policy options. Instead, we want investments in SNAP and other federal nutrition programs to aid those struggling against hunger, and their communities.
PLEASE SIGN the Massachusetts Organizational Letter to our Congressional Delegation!
This letter urges our Delegation to protect and strengthen SNAP for the 845,000 recipients in Massachusetts ! The deadline for your organization to sign is Friday, April 6th, just ONE WEEK from today! The letter and on-line sign-on is available at: http://action.salsalabs.com/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=12144
IMPORTANT CHN Report for your ongoing advocacy:
Please check out the new report released today by the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) which "examines the impact of the automatic spending cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 on more than 140 programs that serve low-income and struggling families. Self-Inflicted Wounds: Protecting Families and Our Economy from Bad Budget Choices, finds that the automatic budget cuts will severely damage human needs programs ranging from education to nutrition to job training. With budget proposals from President Obama and the U.S. House of Representatives now on the table, these findings shed light on the consequences of the automatic cuts, which will go into effect in January 2013 unless Congress chooses another path. The report also concludes that the House leadership budget proposal, introduced last week, would go even further, cutting so deeply into domestic appropriations and restructuring programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps so dramatically, that over several decades most federal services would shrink down to almost nothing." This is an excellent report and chock full of important information.
To access the CHN report, go to: http://www.chn.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/BudgetReport3_29_12.pdf The report also includes charts with state-by-state numbers on the impact of cuts in Massachusetts in a range of federal program.