Administration Strongly Opposes H.R. 3102

It should come as no surprise that the Administration strongly opposes H.R. 3102 - the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013. The Statement of Administration Policy notes the bill would result in millions of Americans losing access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - one of the nation's strongest defenses against hunger and poverty. According to the statement - the cuts would affect a broad array of Americans who are struggling to make ends meet - including working families with children, senior citizens, veterans and adults who are still looking for work. The Administration adds that slashing SNAP also weakens the nation's farm and rural economies. Congress should instead approach the reauthorization of the farm bill in a comprehensive manner. The Administration has called for the enactment of a multi-year farm bill that supports rural America while achieving significant deficit reduction. The President's Budget - the statement continues - proposes specific balanced reforms that would accomplish this goal without creating hardship for vulnerable Americans. The Administration is urging Congress to follow that path and reject the harmful cuts included in H.R. 3102. If Congress does send the legislation to the President - his senior advisors would recommend he veto the bill.

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