Taking Food From Needy Veterans

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Tom McClintock’s position on SNAP and other programs that provide nutritional assistance to the most needy among us has been clear and consistent — he opposes these programs, and wants them to feed as few people as possible. As with everything else he does, McClintock simply ignores the enormous harm his policies would do to veterans, too many of whom are forced to rely on these benefits to survive.

In December, the Trump Administration changed the work requirements to qualify for SNAP benefits, making it harder for adults without dependents to get the assistance they need. Experts predict that 700,000 people will lose benefits under this rule change. And as this article notes, the rule change “could deal an especially sharp blow to veterans seeking food stamps.” Too many veterans struggle to find work when they return home, many with skills that don’t fit naturally into civilian life. Others may have injuries or suffer from emotional trauma that makes it hard to adjust to life outside of the service. They need and deserve the support our government promised them.

The Administration’s rule change does nothing to protect veterans or others who simply can’t find work, despite their best efforts. And it will cause harm. As one advocate for veterans explained, “[r]ight now, we have an increase of the amount of veterans, reservists and National Guard members that are dying by suicide. This is not the time to take one of the few benefits that was widely utilized by the veteran community away from them.” Yet, that’s exactly what this new Rule will do. And Tom McClintock appears to fully support the Administration’s decision to slash benefits for the most needy. He long has advocated for strict work requirements, ignoring the challenges too many in our country face, and the enormous harm caused by his policies. And he has done nothing to protect veterans from this Rule change, by ensuring that they continue to get the government support they earned.

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.”