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Ryan Plan Will Hurt the Poorest Americans

The House Republican budget proposal reduces supplemental nutrition assistance spending by nearly 20 percent annually. Such a cut will have a devastating impact on the poorest American children, elderly, and adults.

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) would like to enact a fiscal year 2013 budget that provides tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and funds those tax cuts in part by increasing the federal deficit and in part by imposing drastic reductions to domestic programs, including America’s bedrock program aimed at stemming childhood and adult hunger, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Rep. Ryan is proposing to cut the program by $133.5 billion over 10 years beginning in October, the start of the next fiscal year. Assuming that cut is spread out evenly over 10 years, his proposal reduces supplemental nutrition assistance spending by nearly 20 percent annually. Such a cut will have a devastating impact on the poorest American children, elderly, and adults.

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