Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted Thursday against legislation that would cut nearly $40 billion from nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act (H.R. 3102) doubles the amount of cuts that were proposed by the House in July.
The bill passed Thursday by a vote of 217 to 210.
“This devastating cut will hurt millions of Americans who rely on food stamps to put food on the table for their families and keiki,” Gabbard said. “The best way to eliminate poverty in our country is to grow our economy by investing in education and workforce training, rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, and advancing a new generation of innovation and opportunity. While there are reforms that should be made to this program to prevent abuse, these cuts do no such thing. By slashing this program, it directly hurts those who need it the most.”
In Hawaii, SNAP recipients receive an average of $2.35 per meal. About 14 percent of people in Hawaii – or 1 in 7 – receive SNAP support, and more than half of those benefits go to households with children.