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Statement from Mayor Bowser on the Trump Administration’s Plan to Restrict SNAP Benefits

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s rule change that will cause hundreds of thousands of Americans, including approximately 16,500 DC residents, to lose access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):

“We are deeply disappointed in the Trump Administration’s decision to implement a policy that will increase hunger nationwide by causing hundreds of thousands of Americans, including approximately 16,500 Washingtonians, to lose access to SNAP benefits. Let’s be clear: Hunger does not resolve barriers to employment. Hunger does not solve inequality. Hunger does not solve poverty. Millions of Americans already experience hunger – something that should not happen in a nation as prosperous as ours. This cruel policy does not live up to our values as a nation, and now we must work together nationwide to resist these changes and protect our most vulnerable neighbors.”