Target: United States President Barack Obama
Goal: Don’t cut $4.5 billion from the federal food stamp program.
Half a million people who rely on food stamps in order to feed themselves will become ineligible for nutritional assistance due to budget cuts. If Republican members of the House get their way, 4.5 billion dollars will be cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP.
Republican opponents of SNAP claim that the program is “rife with fraud” and too expensive to maintain at current levels. 4.8 million people currently rely on SNAP benefits in order to feed themselves. The program costs 80 billion dollars a year to maintain; this may seem like a large number, but in reality it only makes up one percent of the President’s Proposed Discretionary Spending (PPDS) for the fiscal year of 2014. The largest amount of federal money goes to the United States Military, with military spending comprising over half of the percentage for 2014’s PPDS.
Rather than taking away the nutritional support necessary for 5.1 million people to survive and thrive, why don’t the House Republicans focus on America’s bloated military budget? Don’t let them get away with taking away food from the mouths of over five million struggling Americans. Tell President Obama not to approve the House Republicans’ odious food stamp legislation.
Dear President Obama,
As you yourself have pointed out in recent speeches, America is still in the midst of a recession. Middle and working-class citizens and their families are still struggling to pay bills, and in many cases, to put food on the table. In spite of this, House Republicans have decided that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–SNAP, also known as the food-stamp program–is largely unnecessary, and they are proposing new legislation that would gut the program to the tune of over four billion dollars.
Mr. President, we would submit that there are better ways to save federal funds than to eliminate nutrition assistance for struggling Americans. A non-profit group comprised of activists, politicians, and health professionals argues that cuts to the federal nutrition assistance program will increase illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as leading to higher rates of asthma and depression in children deemed newly ineligible for SNAP benefits. The House Republicans believe that the SNAP program is “rife with fraud;” perhaps this is easier for them to believe than the fact that over four million Americans are reliant on food-stamp benefits.
Don’t approve this heartless legislation enacted by House Republicans. Federal nutrition assistance makes up a meager one percent of federal funding based on your own proposed designated spending for the fiscal year of 2014. Don’t take food out of the mouths of struggling citizens and their families. Refuse to approve cuts to the federal food stamp credit.
[Your Name Here]
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