Oregon’s DeFazio protests food stamp cuts

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OH, SNAP: DeFazio protests food stamp cuts in farm bill

By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio staged a shopping trip in Springfield on Monday to show how little you can buy with food stamps.

DeFazio, a Democrat who represents Oregon’s fourth congressional district, is protesting proposed cuts in the U.S. House to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps low income families buy food, according to KVAL. A huge farm bill passed by the Senate on Monday includes $760.5 billion over 10 years for SNAP, nearly 80 percent of the entire bill. The House is proposing steeper cuts to SNAP.

But what DeFazio’s shopping trip fails to show is that the food stamp program was not intended for families to rely on for all of their groceries. Belit Burke, Oregon’s SNAP program manager, told Northwest Watchdog last week the program was meant to supplement families’ food budgets, although some families try to make SNAP work for their entire food needs.

In Oregon, the number of SNAP participants has grown 68 percent since 2008 and critics worry it’s creating an unsustainable government dependence.

The Senate farm bill cut $4 billion out of SNAP but a proposed House version would cut $20 billion. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters he’s ready to debate it on the floor, according to U.S.News.com.

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Shelby formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.