Only 31 More Weeks with Congressman Faso

Welcome to the response to John Faso’s weekly newsletter “Work Week With Congressman Faso.”

Each week we will highlight what the Congressman is neglecting to tell his constituents, point out his inconsistencies and hypocrisies and show how he damages NY-19 with his devotion to Trump and the Republican Agenda.

Week of May 6

John Faso’s statements from his weekly newsletter are in red:

Empowering SNAP Recipients to Save for the Future and Invest in a Safe Car

SNAP helps people in meaningful ways, but it can be improved. Among the flaws is the far too restrictive asset limits that disincentivize people to save for a rainy day or invest in a car so they can reliably get to work.  In the new Farm Bill, we have strengthened SNAP by increasing the limits on asset tests to qualify for the program to bring them into the 21st century.  The changes in this Farm Bill will put recipients in a position to improve their futures.

Faso tries to sell Republican SNAP program bill as way to improve people’s futures—they should buy new cars

What you’re not saying, Faso, is that the Republicans’ draft Farm Bill makes the SNAP program (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) a greater hardship for millions of Americans now getting food aid through SNAP.  According to the new bill, these people would have to find a job or attend job training classes for about 20 hours a week, or lose their benefits–not a realistic requirement that SNAP recipients can fulfill in the present economy. Faso is trying to sell this as a measure to encourage SNAP recipients to save more money and “improve their futures”, like urging them to buy new cars. 

What a cynical rationale, Faso!  You know that, for your fellow Republicans in Congress, the real purpose of this harsher requirement for joining the SNAP program is to cut the funding for SNAP, particularly its food stamp program (benefitting about 40 million people), while touting this new bill as “breaking the poverty cycle”.  “It makes no sense to put the farmers and rural communities who rely on the Farm Bill’s safety net programs at risk in pursuit of partisan ideology on SNAP,” Collin Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat and the ranking member on the House Agriculture Committee, said in a statement.

That’s it for this week’s rebuttal.
To be continued next week….

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