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  • Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013

    by Representative Suzan K. DelBene

    Posted on 2013-09-19

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    DelBENE. Madam Speaker, we're debating an extreme bill with no chance of becoming law, when we could be weeks into conferencing a farm bill.

    [[Page H5709]] SNAP has prevented millions from falling into poverty. In the western part of Washington State, 690,000 people are still experiencing hunger, and we should not be arbitrarily cutting off aid.

    This bill would force States to cut off people struggling to find a job, also stripping them of transportation and childcare assistance. If States don't comply, they lose funds for the SNAP employment and training programs like the model program we have in Washington State that has led many to self-sufficiency. Even at the height of the recession, 60 percent in Washington's programs found employment and more than half were off assistance 2 years after the program.

    House leadership says this bill will lead to more people working. But how does cutting programs proven to help people find jobs accomplish this? All this bill does is cut the lifeline for 3.8 million hungry American families, children, veterans, and seniors. This is not a serious proposal. I urge my colleagues to vote ``no.'' Mr. LUCAS. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume to engage in a colloquy with the gentleman from Colorado (Mr. Coffman), and I yield to the gentleman.

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