Rep. Green Leads Discussion about SNAP Cuts and EUI at Houston Food Bank
(Houston, TX) – On Monday, January 6, 2014, Congressman Gene Green led a discussion at the Houston Food Bank about cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and renewal of Emergency Unemployment Insurance. Joining the discussion were Brian Greene, Houston Food Bank President and Deon Hoffman, a local resident, recipient of SNAP and Houston Food Bank client.
“As Congress begins a new session, it is necessary that restoring SNAP benefits is at the top of the agenda. SNAP recipients, most of whom are working families and seniors, were hit hard when automatic cuts took place on November 1st,” Green said. “SNAP doesn’t provide a comfortable living for recipients, it provides them with a means of survival. We cannot expect to have a healthy and vibrant democracy when our nation’s most vulnerable populations are worried about making it through the month.”
In addition to harmful SNAP cuts, many Houstonians were also been set back by the expiration of Emergency Unemployment Insurance (EUI), which expired on December 28th, and left 1.3 million Americans, including 64,000 Texans, without the income and security their families depend on.
“The House needs to restore this vital economic lifeline, which would allow more than 1 million Americans to support their families and pay their bills while they find work. Extending Unemployment Insurance, along with restoring SNAP benefits, will help get America’s families and our national economy back on their feet,” Green said.