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Statement Regarding New Rules That Will Cut Food Benefits


Media contact: Devyn Giannetti: (216) 443-8393; dgiannetti@cuyahogacounty.us

County Executive Strongly Supports Congresswoman Marcia Fudge's Proposed Bill--HR5349--to Protect SNAP (Food Stamp) Benefits

– Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish issued the following statement:

“The USDA’s proposed rule issued at the end of the year by the Trump administration not only avoids the legislative process for making rule changes but cruelly and unnecessarily penalizes poor residents in Cuyahoga County and other counties throughout the state. SNAP benefits enable poor people to obtain critically important food for their families. The average benefits aren’t that much to start with: $126 monthly, and this rule cuts those benefits by about $45/month in Ohio.

“Who would be harmed by these rule changes? These changes will harshly impact families with children, senior citizens, and disabled individuals. 300,000 households in Ohio would see their SNAP benefits slashed.

“Congresswoman Marcia Fudge recently co-sponsored a bill, HR5349, the Protect SNAP Act to protect these food benefits. The bill has been referred to the House Agriculture Committee. You can find the members of the House Agriculture Committee at agriculture.house.gov/about/members.htm. Please contact them and ask them to support Representative Fudge’s bill. This is important!”