SNAP Cuts Will Hurt Rural Communities the Most

Tom McClintock long has been a proponent of demanding work requirements for SNAP recipients. He has advocated time and again to remove food  security from those who cannot afford to eat. And he consistently ignores the  impact of his demands on his own District.

California’s 4th District includes some of the most beautiful parts of the country. We love calling Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and other parts of our community home, but we also know that living here comes with a price. The nemployment rate consistently is higher in rural areas like California’s 4th District. And it’s not because the people who live in rural communities are lazy, as Tom McClintock derisively claims about adults who aren’t able to find a job. If Tom McClintock had ever lived in a rural community, he’d know that we face challenges that urban communities don’t — including lack of access to jobs, transportation and child care, to name a few.

As this article discusses, the cuts to food stamps that the Trump Administration just enacted — that Tom McClintock thinks should be even more demanding — will hurt his District. As U.C. Davis Professor Lisa Pruitt explains in this article, “though work requirements might be politically popular, ‘in practice they often fail to achieve their goals of promoting self-sufficiency and in fact worsen the plight of those already suffering the ill-effects of poverty and food insecurity.'” 17,000 households in California’s 4th District rely on food stamps to survive. Tom McClintock’s policies will only hurt them and the many other families across the Nation — many of them veterans — for no good reason.

California’s 4th District deserves better. We deserve a representative who sees our challenges with clear eyes and takes meaningful action to fix them. We deserve a representative who truly cares about what happens in this District. We deserve a representative who will fight for us.

Join us, as we fight to send Tom McClintock back to his own District, and to finally stop him from selling us out, one vote at a time.

Because we know, as Margaret Mead said, that “a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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