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Welch Rails Against Massive Nutrition Cuts in Proposed Farm Bill

May 16, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON –  Today, during House floor debate on a new Farm Bill, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) slammed proposed draconian cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that will eliminate a lifeline of nutrition assistance to millions of Americans.

“This nutrition bill is supposedly going to help people by taking $23 billion worth of nutrition benefits away from children, Veterans, the elderly, and the disabled who need that food. Why? Well, there’s a reason: We passed a tax cut that wasn’t paid for. The bill has come due and we have a proposal here to come up with $23 billion to pay for it by taking meals off the table of disabled people. Talk about cynical. I'm from Vermont where we have lots of folks who need help and we have lots of Vermonters who, with very little money, with enormous volunteer effort, are doing things that put good meals on the tables of those families. Don't pass this Farm Bill that takes nutrition away from our Vermonters and our American citizens.”

A full transcript of Rep. Welch’s remarks can be found here.

Click image to view video of Rep. Welch’s full remarks.