SNAP kept 4.7 million families out of poverty in 2011 alone. It has one of the lowest fraud rates of any federal program, and with a return of nearly $2 for every dollar spent it is one of the most efficient ways the government can spend money to help people. Experts say severing the program from the farm bill exposes it to being neglected or gutted.
For the third year in a row, radical Republicans in the House pushed through the so-called “Ryan Plan” — and for the third year in a row showed their skewed priorities driven by the extreme Tea Party members.
This Ryan Budget, like the two before it, ends Medicare as we know it and turns it into a voucher system. It guts vital programs in education, nutrition assistance, and health care — all while giving millionaires, billionaires, and corporations more tax breaks.
Radical Tea Party Republicans in the House would rather destroy programs our seniors and middle class families rely on than come together with Democrats to work out a budget that is balanced and fair. Join Harry Reid in telling the House GOP to send over a real budget.