WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, Sept. 20, the chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – comprised of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) – released the following statements denouncing H.R. 3102, which cuts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $40 billion over the next 10 years. The bill passed the House of Representatives last night by a vote of 217 to 210.

Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair: “Once again, House Republicans have put struggling families on the chopping block, cutting SNAP by nearly $40 billion. These cuts have a profound impact on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. In the wake of the Great Recession, the number of AAPIs in poverty has increased by 38 percent, and over 10 percent of our community relies on SNAP benefits to survive. It’s time for the Republican leadership to stop playing games with the most vulnerable among us. They are literally taking the food out of hungry mouths.”

Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11), CBC Chair: “With this vote, Republicans chose to remove the assistance that millions of Americans rely on to feed their families each day. At a time when national unemployment remains high, we should be supporting these programs; not cutting them. This vote does not reflect the values and principles of our nation. We lose our direction when we turn our backs on millions of Americans in need. I am confident that we will be able to restore funding to the SNAP program in Conference and protect the integrity of one of our most important anti-poverty programs.”

Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15), CHC Chair: “Today, I joined with religious and hunger leaders across the country in standing up for America’s families, our military veterans, our disabled, our seniors and our children who will be drastically affected by this bill, it will literally be taking food out of the mouths of our most vulnerable residents. SNAP is a vital tool to fight hunger and help struggling Americans feed their families as they seek new employment, send their children to school, and get themselves back on their feet."

 

The Congressional Tri-Caucus includes the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. The objectives of the Congressional Tri-Caucus are to promote the public health and well-being through legislative action, social outreach, and political engagement. To this end, the Tri-Caucus seeks to preserve our Nation’s commitment to fair and equitable treatment to all Americans. The Tri-Caucus has worked together for over a decade to ensure that the Congressional legislative agenda reflects the health challenges of all Americans.