With nearly one in six Americans now living in poverty, too many people are going without. Too many are struggling to put food on the table. Too many are struggling to keep the heat on. Now more than ever, nutrition programs like food stamps (SNAP), Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are a necessity. They are a basic obligation to our fellow citizens and to our community. To ensure that hard-working American families do not have to add hunger and heat to the problems they face, I am committed to protecting these essential programs.
Recently I asked the Secretary of Agriculture, to quickly perform the TEFAP purchases which will keep the shelves of food banks stocked. I also requested that the Deficit Reduction committee stay away from anti-hunger programs like SNAP, and joined a filibuster protest on the House Floor which saved $147 million in WIC assistance benefits. I have repeatedly urged the House leadership to protect funding levels for LIHEAP and requested to the Appropriations Committee that they fully support energy assistance.
Nutrition and energy assistance programs like these did not run our economy off the cliff. They did not drive us into debt, or stop the banks from extending credit. But still there are many in Congress who are ready to cut programs that feed and warm millions of hardworking Americans who are struggling through no fault of their own. This is not how America treats her children. If we repealed tax breaks for the wealthy for one week, we could pay for one of these entire programs. If the banks and lenders were “too big to fail”, then no Atlanta family should be too small to save.
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Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, by a vote of 198 to 213. Rep. John Lewis strongly opposed this flawed legislation and issued the below statement following the vote:
WASHINGTON — Today during the House Ways and Means Committee markup of H.R. 1, the House Republican tax cut bill, Reps. John Lewis (GA), Ron Kind (WI), Judy Chu (CA), Suzan K. DelBene (WA), Lloyd Doggett (TX), Brian Higgins (NY), Danny K. Davis (IL), and Earl Blumenauer (OR) offered an amendment to restore the “Johnson Amendment”.
This simple amendment would restore the 53-year standard that prohibits religious, nonprofit, charitable, and related organizations from engaging in political activities.
WASHINGTON — Today, the House Ways and Means Committee reconvened to continue markup of irresponsible H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
The committee considered eight amendments offered by Democrats. Republicans voted down amendments that would have helped the middle class by extending the child tax credit, encouraging employers to hire veterans, reinstating the adoption tax credit, and taxing corporations at the same rate domestically and abroad. They voted against the middle class. They voted against what is best for America.
On December 19 and 20, 2017, Congressional Republicans passed H.R. 1, their bill to cut taxes for the richest Americans and for corporations on the backs of working and middle-class families, students, and seniors.
This plan, first introduced in the House on November 2, affects every American, every taxpayer in current and future generations. In response to constituent concerns about this bill's impact, the below pages track every aspect of the bill's movement in the House and Senate.
WASHINGTON—Today during the Ways & Means markup of Ryancare, intended to repeal President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), Rep. Lewis offered an amendment to “certify” that no American would lose their healthcare during the repeal and replace process the Republican majority is advancing. The markup is being managed by the Republican majority in an unusual, piecemeal fashion. One part of the proposal is being debated at a time, instead of debating and evaluating the entire bill, as is generally the procedure.
Rep. John Lewis made this statement today in the Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee Hearing on the Social Security Representative Payee Program:
Good Morning. Mr. Chairmen, thank you for holding today’s hearing. I would also like to thank all the witnesses for being here today.
Periodically, Rep. John Lewis is notified that organizations within the 5th Congressional District have been selected to receive a variety of federal grants. This federal grants announcement will advise press and constituents of these notifications. This announcement details about $85,384,729.55 in federal grants coming to the 5th Congressional District.
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WASHINGTON - On Monday, the Georgia Department of Human Services received a letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) warning that due to its continued failure to meet federal requirements in the effective disbursement of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits (SNAP), often referred to as "food stamps," it risks suffering a $15 million cut in federal funding, if the state does not become compliant within 30 days.