Washington, D.C. — Mere months after giving massive tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, House Republicans unveiled today a farm bill that makes draconian cuts to nutrition assistance. Jacob Leibenluft, executive vice president for Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement in response:
This bill is a thinly veiled effort to take food away from struggling workers and families under the guise of helping people work. If the congressional majority were really serious about helping workers get ahead, they would propose policies that actually do that—such as raising the minimum wage or making it easier to access child care—rather than kicking workers when they’re down. Instead of expanding the basic supports that all of us need in order to thrive at work and climb the economic ladder, the congressional majority is withering vital programs that help millions of Americans and are expecting workers to pick up the slack. Making someone hungrier won’t help them find work any faster.
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