September 19 the Republican controlled House of Representatives are scheduled to vote on a Farm Bill; part of which includes a $40 billion cut in the food stamp program. Of those receiving government help in the form of food stamps or the SNAP program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) 76% are children; disabled or elderly. 57,000 children lost Head Start services because House Republicans voted to keep the sequester instead of choosing a balanced approach to the budget that makes corporations and millionaires pay their fair share.
The WIC program, a health and nutrition assistance program for low income women and children is also uder fire from the Right. "-WIC will need a substantial funding increase in fiscal year 2014 to be able to serve all eligible applicants. Based on our estimates using the most recent data available, the President's budget request of $7.142 billion for WIC would allow the program to serve all eligible applicants. Competition for discretionary funding for next year will be fierce. But if Congress fails to provide adequate WIC funding to serve all eligible low-income women, infants, and young children at nutritional risk who apply, there would likely be long-lasting detrimental effects for the vulnerable individuals whom WIC serves By Zoë Neuberger and Robert Greenstein ."
Many American workers who are receiving some food stamps are eligible because wages are keeping them in poverty. Republicans and right wing Democrats should be repeatedly asked why is the minimum wage set below the poverty line? A livable wage; is that too much to ask for? If so who says so and why. While the Right are attacking our most vulnerable people who is it that they subsidize and help at every turn; gas & coal companies.