Wendy Davis discusses food stamp cuts
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 22:13:43 GMT —
It's a hot topic and just about everyone has a strong opinion on it.
The SNAP program, better known as food stamps, took a major hit with more than 5-billion dollars in cuts nationwide.
Critics say the program is a failure.
Supporters argue there is nothing wrong with lending a helping hand, making it a hotly debated issue in the Texas legislature.
"When parents are working hard families are working hard and yet they still aren't able to provide for their families, somethings broken there," State Senator and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis told Action 4 News.
Earlier this year, State Rep Terry Canales of Edinburg introduced a bill into the legislature that would prevent a SNAP balance from rolling over from month to month.
The bill came after an Action 4 News investigation revealed a SNAP account balance of more than $7,000 dollars.
Although the bill made it into the legislature and our investigation received network television coverage, the gubernatorial candidate had never even heard of it.
"I'm not familiar with the balance rolling over. Um, I do think obviously where people are receiving assistance for their food or health services it shouldn't be in excess of what they need," said Davis.
Families who rely on the assistance are now seeing a 5 percent cut to their benefits.
"I think a lot of people underestimate the hard working people that are having to rely on social services in order to make ends meet for their family," said Davis.
She believes, if Texas would accept the Medicaid expansion, the outcome would be a healthier workforce and more jobs.
In turn she says, less Texans would have to rely on assistance to make ends meet.
The republican candidate Greg Abbott has said Medicaid expansion would make it too expensive for the federal government to reimburse Texas.