Public Comment

Save the Food Stamp Program for the Poor

By Harry Brill,East Bay Tax the Rich Group,Harry
Friday June 21, 2013 - 07:36:00 AM

A shocking and very painful event in the US Senate has just occurred-- a bipartisan majority voted by 66 to 21 for a farm bill that benefits corporate agriculture but cuts billions of dollars from the food stamp program for poor individuals and families!!! Our two California Senators, Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer voted with the majority. 

Even worse, the bill supported by the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee voted even deeper cuts in Food stamps. More than 47 million poor people - the unemployed, low wage workers, disabled persons, veterans, and senior citizens - depend on food stamps to feed their hungry children and themselves. It seems that Congress has abolished empathy. 

We would like to do what we can to influence the House vote, and then we must contact both the House and Senate again when they will be voting on a compromised joint bill. Please contact your House Rep and both Senator Boxer and Feinstein. Of course, also let President Obama know how you feel. 

To reach: Your Congressional Rep & Senators Boxer & Feinstein you can make free calls to the Capitol Switchboard, then ask to be connected: 1-877-762-8762 or 1-800-826-3688. To reach President Obama: (202) 456-1414.