Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Condemn the House GOP leadership for voting to cut critical food stamps for needy Americans.
Recently, the US House of Representatives held a vote on a new farm bill containing zero funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as the food stamp program. This decision by the House, made solely by the Republican leadership, without any Democratic support and a White House pledge to veto the legislation, callously disregards the millions of Americans who depend on these subsidies to put food on the table.
As noted by The Washington Post, “more than 47 million people in the United States now rely on food stamps. That’s about 15 percent of the population, or one in seven Americans. Of those, 47 percent are children under 18” and many states with higher rates of participation are in Southern states that are heavily represented by Republicans. This vote thus represents a betrayal by House GOP representatives of many of their own constituents’ basic needs.
The Republican led vote further places the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in potential jeopardy by removing its longstanding linkage to the farm bill. This pairing of agricultural interests with the interests of Americans in need of government assistance to put meals on the table has ensured continued support for the food stamp program for decades.
By signing this petition, you will let the Republican House leadership know that removing essential food assistance for millions of Americans is something that will not be tolerated, especially in an economic recession.
Dear Speaker Boehner,
I am writing you to protest the recent Republican led vote to cut funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, from the current farm bill. This decision was made in a deeply partisan manner with no Democratic votes in favor and even twelve Republicans voting against it. This vote also demonstrates a total disregard for the approximately 47 million Americans, including millions of children, who depend on food stamps for their basic living needs.
This act is further shocking for two reasons, the first being that it was conducted during the aftermath of an extended economic recession. The second is that, as noted by The Washington Post in a July 11, 2013 report, many states with higher participation rates in the SNAP program as of 2012 are in the traditionally Republican South. This vote thus represents a betrayal of the interests of many of your own party’s constituents.
I insist that you act immediately to restore essential funding for SNAP. The basic needs of millions of Americans who may not be able to afford a healthy diet without assistance should not be jeopardized by politics.
[Your Name Here]
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