U.S. House members are expected to vote later this afternoon on a bill that would cut billions of dollars in nutrition programs over 10 years. Two New York congressmen from the Hudson Valley will vote the same way.
The Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act cuts some $40 billion from the national food stamp program, known as SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It’s a Republican sponsored bill that was broken away from the Farm Bill over the summer. Here’s GOP Congressman Chris Gibson.
“I’ll be voting no on the SNAP measure," says Gibson.
Governor Cuomo announced Thursday that he’s rescinding a state regulation that requires food stamp recipients be fingerprinted, saying the poor and hungry are not criminals. Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…
Governor Cuomo, speaking by phone to a gathering of advocates for the poor, says he’s rescinded a 14-year-old state regulation that required food stamp recipients be subject to fingerprinting before receiving benefits.
“Poverty and hunger are not crimes,” said Cuomo. “So we shouldn’t treat the poor or the hungry as criminals.”