This Thursday Congress is expected to vote on the FY 2018 House Budget Resolution, which contains harsh cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps and other poverty reduction programs. SNAP has been instrumental in helping struggling families put food on the table. But the plan envisions a total SNAP cut of $150 billion (more than 20 percent) over ten years.
If implemented, the resolution would pull the rug out beneath 464,102 New Mexicans who participate in the program, including 199,286 children, the elderly, and people with disabilities, while the wealthiest Americans and profitable corporations would get huge tax cuts.
As New Mexico’s Most Important Anti-Hunger Program, SNAP:
- Improves the Health of Young Children – Nearly half (46%) of New Mexican children under age four rely on SNAP benefits to eat. SNAP is proven to increase health and learning outcomes in young children by supporting brain development through adequate nutrition.
- Supports Working Families – SNAP supports working New Mexicans. Half of New Mexico SNAP participants are in working families. SNAP is also a critical support as New Mexico continues to have an unemployment rate that is significantly higher than the national average.
- Boosts New Mexico’s Economy – SNAP benefits pumped $693 million dollars in the New Mexico economy. Every dollar of federal SNAP benefits spent in New Mexico generates $1.70 in economic activity.
Please call Representative Steve Pearce TODAY and urge him to oppose the house budget reconciliation.
Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Lujan are working hard to protect funding for SNAP. However, we need to make sure Representative Steve Pearce takes action to protect this critical program.
Call Representative Steve Pearce at his Washington D.C. office: (202) 225-2365.