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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 18, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Food stamps face billions in cuts

Congress should protect people, not corporations

The House of Representatives is likely to vote this week to cut food assistance by $40 billion over 10 years, a cut that could threaten an adequate food supply for as many as six million Americans. [“House bill would cut $4B a year from food stamps,” seattletimes.com, Sept. 16.]

While the annual $4 billion cut would impact a diverse range of people (including veterans), it would disproportionately hurt children, who make up almost half of food stamps recipients.

Congress needs to re-evaluate its priorities. These politicians are OK with taking food away from children, while at the same time continuing to protect tax loopholes that allow corporations like Apple, General Electric and Verizon to avoid paying their fair share in federal taxes.

It’s outrageous that Congress would play political games with people who are struggling to put food on the table. Our elected officials need to stand up and protect their constituents, families and communities; not just corporations.

Bonnie Daut, Kent

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