House Budget Cuts Billions from Food Assistance for Coloradans

The House Budget Committee recently approved the 2018 budget resolution, which strips billions of dollars from a program that helps working families put food on the table while giving huge tax cuts to corporations and the very wealthy. Alongside drastic cuts to programs that expand economic opportunity for everyday Americans, the budget includes major reductions in funding for food stamps, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which ensure Colorado families have the assistance they need to build a strong foundation to weather life’s storms.

“Food stamps are one of the most cost-effective tools we have in the fight against hunger and poverty,” said Joël McClurg, policy director of Hunger Free Colorado. “It’s also good for our economy. When families can afford to buy groceries, it pumps money back into local businesses and fuels long-term economic growth. With such drastic and reckless cuts, this budget plan would devastate millions of Colorado families – and the businesses that rely on their spending.”

The House budget also creates a fast-track legislative process that would allow Congress to begin enacting this plan, including instructions to the House Agriculture Committee to cut at least $10 billion over 10 years, impacting our rural areas the hardest. The resolution specifically proposes to cut food stamps by a total of $150 billion during that same time, with the general suggestion that increased “flexibility” to states could provide savings through ‘block’ or ‘opportunity’ grants, which translate to capped funding for the program and often deeper cuts when states cannot fill the gap left by reduced federal funding.

State and national partners are mobilizing to oppose this resolution at all costs. As soon as possible, we need you to:

  • Contact your Representative and tell them to oppose the House Budget Resolution, as it would be harmful to the hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who rely on programs like food stamps to reach their full human potential.
  • Contact our Senators Bennet and Gardner, and tell them that the House Budget is harmful, and that the Senate Budget should not take a similar approach and should avoid cuts to vital work support programs.

Unified pressure from all corners of the state is needed to encourage our Members of Congress to vocally oppose this resolution. Your efforts could change a House Member’s stance and spare these programs from being hobbled.

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