Kaptur Statement on Trump Administration Proposal to Slash SNAP Benefits for More Than 3 Million Americans

July 24, 2019
Press Release


WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its proposed rule to dismantle state flexibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a decision that would deny food assistance for up to 3.1 million people across the U.S., including 64,752 households in Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District, and eliminate access to free school meals for low-income students:


“Instead of focusing on economic growth and job prosperity, the Trump Administration has decided to protect their wealthier counterparts and eliminate the programs that the weakest and most vulnerable in our country depend on,” said Rep. Kaptur. “The Administration is quite literally taking food out of the mouths of children, seniors, the unemployed, and the disabled after Republicans gave a 1.5 trillion-dollar tax cut to the wealthiest people in America. Wall Street speculators and bankers should not get bonuses from the government when hardworking American families struggle to put food on the table.”


“House Democrats recently passed $71 billion in funding for SNAP in the FY 20 Agriculture Appropriations bill.  This was with the promise that we help serve those who endure the challenge of food insecurity. The Administration’s proposal is a detriment to the anti-hunger initiatives that benefit working families and individuals across Northern Ohio. In 2016, 64,752 households participated in SNAP in our district alone, with more than 1 million participating in the program across the state. By proposing this rule, the Administration is responsible for worsening hunger for hundreds of urban and rural communities in Ohio.”


“The Trump Administration must stop their shameful commitment to this highly irresponsible and unjust proposal that will only benefit a few at the expense of the many. It is simply inhumane and anti-life to prevent struggling families from receiving nutrition assistance. For that reason, my colleagues and I are tirelessly working to ensure programs such as SNAP remain available to those who need them.”