Last year, Republicans blew a massive hole in the federal budget with their $1.5 trillion tax giveaway to big corporations.
These corporations include the big drug companies that make record profits by gouging us on the cost of prescription drugs. Companies like Wal-Mart and McDonald’s that pay so little that workers can’t make ends meet also got tax breaks.
After cutting healthcare to pay this tax scam, Republicans in the House now also want to cut about $20 billion from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits–also known as food stamps.
Food stamps provide meals to about 40 million Americans.
About half of food stamp recipients are children; the rest are seniors, low-income workers, veterans and people with disabilities.
The Republican proposal comes right on the heels of tax season when every millionaire in the nation got a tax cut of $48,000. We can thank the Trump tax scam for these cuts. Over 80% of the tax benefits in the new law go to large corporations.
Walmart is getting a tax cut of $2.2 billion this year alone. Yet in just one state where the company operates—Ohio, more than 11,000 of its employees and family members qualify for SNAP because they earn so little.
Walmart’s ten-year tax cut could pay for the entire $20 billion in SNAP cuts.
If we can afford trillions in tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations making record profits, we can afford to make sure children, working families and seniors have food. The time is now to stop Congress from playing hunger games with low-income people and families.