On November 20, 2013 Rep. Jackson Lee of Texas asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for a few minutes regarding unfinished business still remaining, including the drastic cuts in food stamps to low income Americans living in poverty, most of whom are “children” by the way.
“I would like to make mention of those families who are suffering because their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the last month has been cut. They are expecting in this budget coming forward that $40 billion will be on the table to be cut again.”
” I have visited my food banks. I took the SNAP challenge and ate on that budget. No one should call those folks deadbeats. And every time there is a deadbeat, you can be assured that person will be found out. I am concerned about the seniors and the young children that go to bed hungry, and one-half of those who get SNAP benefits, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, are in actuality children”, she said.
“As we go toward this budget process deadline of December 13, let us have a sense of compassion. Let us have sources that will help us and the Department of Justice to be able to deal with this proliferation of guns, these Saturday night specials, these stash houses to help our children. Let’s expand counseling and pronouncements by the local community that we are standing up against this violence that is attacking our children”, said Rep. Jackson Lee http://thomas.loc.gov).
See video: SOCI 3651 Malnutrition of children in poverty in America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYEGr_CW9DQ
See also video: Food Poverty Affects 1 in 7 America’s elderly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt7UE0p2II8