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 If we repealed tax breaks for the wealthy for one week, we could pay for one of these entire programs.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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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.
Yesterday Rep. John Lewis attended a ceremony at the White House where President Barack Obama introduced his new initiative, My Brother's Keeper, a White House program serving young African American men and boys. Rep. Lewis made these comments: