Hudson Valley Congresswoman Upset Over Cuts To Food Assistance Programs

HARRISON, NY (WCBS 880) —Westchester congresswoman is outraged over cuts to food assistance programs and food banks.

Worried about how this will affect Westchester’s most vulnerable, Hudson Valley Congresswoman Nita Lowey says the House of Representatives was irresponsible when it passed the Agriculture Appropriation Act.

“This is unconscionable when people are going through such tough times, to make the cuts to WIC is just wrong,” she said.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports: Lowey Calling On Colleagues To Stop Making Cuts

The act has cuts to various food assistance programs. Included is a $650 million cut to the WIC program, a $51 million cut to the Emergency Food Assistance program and a $38 million cut to the Commodity Supplemental Food program.

She says seniors, pregnant women, infants and children are ones suffering from the cuts. “Nine percent of households right here in Westchester County struggle to meet their family’s food needs over the last year,” said Lowey.

Lowey says the cuts to food assistance programs won’t help balance the budget and says it is “literally taking food out of the mouths” of the needy.

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One Comment

  1. Ernie T. says:

    This is typical of the GOP. They don’t care about anybody but themselves. Whatever cuts they make is transferred to the rich and corporations, the majority of their campaign donors
    Until the average American realizes that these idealogical politicians need to be voted out, these practices will continue.

  2. mike says:

    At least someone is speaking up!

  3. KatKat says:

    People wouldn’t need food assistance if they were able to get jobs in order to provide for themselves. Maybe Congress should take a cut in pay in order to pay for assistance programs instead of telling us the lower middle class to tighten their belts. That is exactly what we are doing. Congress is more than able to put food in their mouths on the taxpayers dollar. How about stop flying in the million dollar pizzas, and taking expensive vacations on the backs of the Americans.

  4. Christopher says:

    Why is the Catholic Church and the Archbishop of New York not expressing outrage and going to the mat about THIS???

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