Takes Is­sue with Trump’s Bud­get Pro­posal

The Jewish Voice - - EDITORIAL -

an av­er­age of only 9 months, the pro­gram acts as a hand up in­stead of a hand­out. Th­ese pro­posed cuts and struc­tural changes will surely in­crease poverty and dev­as­tate the lives of those who are al­ready liv­ing on the brink.

The Pres­i­dent should heed the words of his own Sec­re­tary of the U.S. De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Sonny Per­due, who stated clearly and un­equiv­o­cally when tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore the House Agri­cul­ture Com­mit­tee last week, ‘[SNAP] has been an im­por­tant, ef­fec­tive pro­gram… You don’t try to fix things that aren’t bro­ken.’

We im­plore Con­gres­sional lead­ers on both sides of the aisle to stand up for vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies na­tion­wide by re­ject­ing the Pres­i­dent’s bud­get pro­posal out­right.

Sin­cerely Abby J. Leib­man Pres­i­dent and CEO at MAZON: A Jewish Re­sponse to Hunger Dear Edi­tor:

The Pres­i­dent’s bud­get pro­posal is a moral dis­grace. A bud­get should re­flect our val­ues and pri­or­i­ties as a na­tion. This bud­get, which would take crit­i­cal nutri­tion as­sis­tance away from mil­lions of Amer­i­cans who strug­gle with hunger, be­trays our ba­sic Amer­i­can prin­ci­ple of tak­ing care of those in need.

Slash­ing SNAP by more than 25 per­cent will pre­vent tens of mil­lions of peo­ple from putting food on the ta­ble each day, in­clud­ing chil­dren, se­niors, peo­ple in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, dis­abled in­di­vid­u­als, and veter­ans. And if mas­sive cuts weren’t prob­lem­atic enough, this bud­get pro­posal also green lights the states to erect bar­ri­ers that limit pro­gram el­i­gi­bil­ity and to im­pose stricter work re­quire­ments for able-bod­ied adults, even in com­mu­ni­ties with over­whelm­ing lev­els of un­em­ploy­ment.

SNAP is proven to be both vi­tal and ef­fec­tive. With re­cip­i­ents re­ceiv­ing as­sis­tance for

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