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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Representing the 3rd District of Connecticut

DeLauro Condemns Governor Walker, USDA’s Coordinated Assault on Anti-Hunger Program

December 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (December 6, 2017) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s plan to impose drug testing on some recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Unfortunately, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will allow states to impose additional requirements on SNAP, so Governor Walker will be free to impose his plan.

“Governor Walker and the USDA’s assault on SNAP—our nation’s front-line hunger prevention program—is both cruel and completely misguided. Imposing additional requirements will place an undue burden on millions of Americans who depend on this program each year. Their goal of increasing work rates among SNAP recipients flies in the face of the USDA’s most recent data showing that work rates have been increasing year after year. More than that, USDA reviews of the program have shown that SNAP has one of the lowest fraud rates of any federal program.”

“SNAP has a rich history of bipartisan support because of the American belief that we have a moral obligation to help lift people out of poverty, not push them deeper into it. SNAP is a means-tested program, meaning that it is specifically targeted to help those who are in extreme poverty. Imposing additional requirements and further stigmatizing recipients as ‘takers’ is a heartless attack on those who truly need a helping hand. Governor Walker and USDA’s proposals beg the question of why they have not suggested imposing the same drug testing requirements on those who receive government subsidies for crop insurance or commodity support programs like Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC).”

“I urge my Republican colleagues to recommit to the bipartisan spirit that underlies SNAP and has served our nation well for decades.”