Congressman Brady joins Sen. Kitchen and other state officials to protest proposed asset test for SNAP recipients

Jan 26, 2012 Issues: Health care
Congressman Brady joins Sen. Kitchen and other state officials to protest proposed asset test for SNAP recipients

 

PHILADELPHIA --- Congressman Robert A. Brady (D., PA) today joined State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and other elected officials and advocates in blasting Pennsylvania’s proposed asset test for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). “This proposed asset test will force families who are looking at poverty in the face choose between having a few dollars saved as a safety net and being able to feed their families,” the Congressman said.

The Congressman said he has written to Gov. Corbett and asked him to reconsider implementation of the asset test. “As most of this in this room understand this asset test will hurt and make life harder for low-income families; increase the work of state case workers who are drowning now in additional paperwork; and, it will hurt business.”

The Congressman said it was important that he join Sen. Kitchen to thank her for her leadership. “The fight to end hunger and poverty in one of the richest countries in the world will only be won by federal, state and local governments working side-by-side with community-based advocates.”

 

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