Rep. Peter Welch opposing GOP-led welfare reform efforts in farm bill

This article by Susan Smallheer originally appeared July 5 in the Brattleboro Reformer.

BRATTLEBORO — The two dozen kids had just finished their lunch of whole-wheat macaroni and cheese, green salad and watermelon Thursday at the Boys & Girls Club in downtown Brattleboro before they headed out for the cool waters of the West River on a sizzling summer day.

That lunch, and the kids’ access to it, could be thrown into jeopardy by severe cuts included in the House version of the 2018 farm bill in Congress.

It would have a devastating ripple effect on child nutrition programs, such as the lunch program at the busy club, said U.S. Rep. Peter F. Welch, D-Vt., who was at the lunch site Thursday to talk to the kids and summer nutrition program leaders in the region.

According to 2017 statistics from the Food Research and Action Center, about 8,000 low-income Vermont children received lunch through the summer food programs, and 5,000 Vermont children received breakfast.

The House Farm Bill would cut the federal food stamp program significantly, cutting $23.3 billion from a $68 billion budget in fiscal year 2017.

Read full story at the Brattleboro Reformer.

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2 thoughts on “Rep. Peter Welch opposing GOP-led welfare reform efforts in farm bill

  1. Let’s see we have what they call the ” Farm Bill ” but low and behold this bill is made
    up of about 70% funding towards food stamps and other social programs what about
    the struggling Farmers …………….shouldn’t this be 70% Farmers ??

    Now we have Congressman Welch doing his best ” Sanders ” Impression on these
    poor starving kids ( No Shame ) So where are their Parents of these kids that need
    Federal funding for Breakfast & Lunch ?? Probable working (Not )……………………

    Time to get every able-bodied person that fleecing the system to pull their weight and
    from what I’ve seen there’s plenty …………………. No Shame !!

  2. If the food stamp budget is to be cut, perhaps the rolls of the welfare recipients be heavily scrutinized and a bunch thrown off! We all know there are a lot of free loaders who could be working are on it. And, with jobs opening up all over the place, they can get their rear ends off the couch and get a job.

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