When Republicans gave massive tax breaks for wealthy corporations and the richest 1%, we (and a lot of experts) warned that their next move would be slashing programs the rest of us depend on in order to fund it. This week, they’re proving us right.
On Monday, House Republicans introduced a Farm Bill that would kick millions of people off of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).
Just a few months after giving away $1.5 TRILLION in taxpayer dollars to wealthy corporations and the rich, the GOP is looking for back-door ways to get some of that money back. And their first “solution” — along with the eventual cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security that we know are coming — is less food on the table for the kids, seniors, people with disabilities, and low-wage workers who depend on SNAP.
The worst part is, it doesn’t have to be this way. For less than the $1.5 trillion the GOP gave away to the rich, we could have:
- Erased student debt
- Funded CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, for 107 years
- Fought global warming and natural disasters
- Bailed out Puerto Rico
- Eliminated tuition at all public colleges for 10 years
But Republicans would rather punish hungry kids, seniors, people with disabilities, and low wage workers instead. This is the clearest example yet of Republicans hanging vulnerable populations out to dry in order to fund tax breaks for their super-rich donors.
We can’t afford to wait to act — the House could vote on this version of the Farm Bill as early as next week.
Organizer, Tax March