Battle Born Progress | Nevada’s Congressional Delegation Should Reject Any Farm Bill That Includes Cuts to SNAP
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Nevada’s Congressional Delegation Should Reject Any Farm Bill That Includes Cuts to SNAP

Trump’s Tax Scam intensifies as the 2018 Farm Bill strips $20 billion from food assistance programs

LAS VEGAS – After passing substantial tax cuts for the wealthy late last year, House Republicans have proposed the latest draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes a nearly $20 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP provides food assistance for nearly 40 million Americans every year, including 19 million children, 11 million people with disabilities, and 1.5 million veterans. According to a report assembled by Americans for Tax Fairness, about 442,292 Nevadans receive SNAP benefits.

Will Pregman, Southern Nevada Community Organizer with Battle Born Progress made the following remarks:

“The true consequence of the Trump Tax Scam is not simply the massive transfer of wealth from the working and middle class to the 1%, but how Congress will pay for the $2 trillion hole in the budget they created in the form of deep cuts to essential programs which benefit working families. SNAP helps hundreds of thousands of working families in Nevada put food on the table for their children and helps offset the woefully inadequate wages paid by large corporations, who were the primary beneficiaries of the Trump Tax Scam.

Big corporations like WalMart & McDonalds are benefiting from the Trump Tax Scam to the tune of $2.2 billion and $1 billion, respectively. The lost revenue could pay for SNAP many times over. Considering that thousands of their workers make so little that they have to depend on SNAP and other public assistance programs, it is grossly out of touch for Republicans like Congressman Mark Amodei and Senator Dean Heller to tout the benefits of the Trump Tax Scam when the resulting cuts to pay for it will literally take food out of the mouths of working families and give the money to large companies.

If Congressman Amodei or Senator Heller vote for a Farm Bill that slashes SNAP, it will once again signal to Nevadans that their primary constituency is the wealthy donors who contribute to their campaigns rather than regular, hard-working families in our state just trying to make ends meet. We call on our House and Senate delegation to be vocal in their opposition to this attempt to balance the budget on the backs of working families.”

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