by Jennifer Swift
Jan 29, 2014
05:06 PMConnecticut Politics
Connecticut Lawmakers DeLauro, Esty Rip Cut in SNAP Benefits
Peter Hvizdak/New Haven Register
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro has a conversation with constituents at Middletown City Hall in this December file photo.
Congress moved one step closer Wednesday to cutting SNAP benefits for the second time in less than three months.
With support from both parties, the $1 trillion Farm Bill passed the House of Representative 251-166 Wednesday, along with a proposed $8 billion reduction to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
Two Connecticut lawmakers issued harsh criticisms of Congress on Wednesday for what the liberal legislators see as the gutting of a vital social safety net.
“Congress has lost its way. This conference report is nothing more than reverse Robin Hood legislation that steals food from the poor in favor of crop subsidies for the rich,” Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-3, said in a statement Wednesday. “Instead of working to end hunger, this Farm Bill takes food from the plates of 1.7 million Americans. Simultaneously, the negotiators have chosen, against the will of a majority of Congress, to re-open farm subsidy loopholes and strip out payment limits, so that millionaires and wealthy agribusinesses can continue to get handouts.”
In a statement Wednesday, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, said, “The final bill disproportionately hurts our neighbors who are struggling in this cold winter to put food on the table and keep their homes warm.”