Congressional Black Caucus blasts 'immoral' and 'cold-hearted' food stamp cuts

Congressional Black Caucus blasts 'immoral' and 'cold-hearted' food stamp cuts
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The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s planned cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on Thursday, calling them “immoral, insensitive and cold-hearted.”

“The decision by the Trump Administration to hurt poor and working-class Americans by requiring Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) to submit to more onerous restrictions to qualify for food stamps is disgraceful,” the group said in a statement.

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“Over 36 million Americans rely on SNAP for nutrition assistance. This final rule weakens SNAP, the nation’s most effective anti-hunger program. Enough is enough,” the CBC said.

“There is no dignity in taking food away from the poorest and most vulnerable of our citizens. It is immoral, insensitive, and cold-hearted. For all public servants, we have to do the most for those who have the least,” they added.

The caucus also said members “must stand up and speak for Americans trying to make ends meet, and call out this callous Administration for hurting the ‘least of these’ during the holidays and beyond.”

The Trump administration proposal, announced Wednesday, will tighten the rules for states seeking waivers for a requirement that food stamp recipients be employed or enrolled in vocational training programs. It could cut benefits for about 750,000 people.

The proposal is one of three programs proposed by the administration to limit food stamps, which, altogether, would limit benefits for an estimated 3.7 million people and 2.1 million households.