House Republicans recently proposed cuts to nutrition assistance that will kick 280,000 low-income children off automatic enrollment in the Free School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Those same kids and 1.5 million other people will also lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamp benefits) that help them afford food at home. Ten years’ worth of these nutrition cuts could be prevented for the price of one year of tax cuts on 3,340 multimillion dollar estates that House Republicans are protecting in their budget.
Similar to many of our partners across the country, we have been closely watching the Arkansas House as it continues to try and roll back so many years of work addressing poverty. The latest news—the House majority’s plan to cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to new lows—has us particularly troubled. Cuts in food assistance programs only increase food insecurity in our state, which is one of the most food-insecure states in the nation.
Chart from Melissa Boteach, Lawrence Korb, and Max Hoffman shows that House conservatives are asking low- and middle-income families to foot the bill to protect weapons systems that don’t enhance our national security.
The House Agriculture Committee found nearly all of its savings ($33.2 billion over 10 years and less than what the Buffett Rule would raise even under the low scenario) from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This translates into an 11 percent cut in the monthly benefit for an average family of four. The proposal would also change the rules of the program to make it more difficult for families who fall on hard times to access benefits, reduce coordination with other forms of assistance, and force families who lose a job to spend nearly all their savings to get temporary help.
Katie Wright, Research Associate with the Half in Ten campaign, on the GOP and their new front on poor women and their families.
9to5 National Association of Working Women - Colorado Chapter has been involved in many activities to help put an end to poverty.
The latest House Republican budget plan asks low-income and middle-class Americans to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while simultaneously delivering massive tax breaks to the richest 1 percent and preserving huge giveaways to Big Oil.
As Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chair of the House Budget Committee, unveils the House GOP federal budget proposal, national faith leaders are denouncing its immoral cuts and irresponsible tax breaks for millionaires and corporate special interests. Here is a list of quotes from a range of clergy and religious leaders representing congregations, denominations, and national organizations.
With the end of the war in Iraq and the involvement in Afghanistan winding down, the United States can expect to see about 100,000 veterans return home. Many will need help and support from safety net programs or job training to transition to civilian life, but that help isn’t guaranteed to be there.
Hundreds of thousands of veterans are coming home as our nation winds down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But too many of them are returning to poverty, homelessness, and levels of unemployment higher than that of the civilian population.