"To attract support for devastating federal cuts to SNAP, Congressman John Faso is resorting to the same divisive rhetoric we hear all too often in Washington today. Faso's assault on families in need and his despicable and cheap characterizations may please his party leadership, but they are against everything New York stands for.
"The SNAP program helps nearly 1.6 million New York households, or 2.8 million people, put food on the table, and research shows that fraud in the highly-monitored program is rare. The draconian work requirements in the House Farm Bill that Faso helped write ignore the fact that most adult recipients who are capable of working already do so and instead serve to increase barriers to assistance for low-income households in need.
"In New York, we are committed to lifting communities out of poverty and we reject the negative stigma that people like Faso attach to families struggling to get ahead. We increased SNAP enrollment, ended the finger imaging requirement, redesigned the Electronic Benefits Card to better resemble a traditional credit card, and have invested an additional $4.5 million to support targeted SNAP outreach to eligible families. There is never an excuse for letting New Yorkers go hungry."