Group of veterans leave letters asking that Congressman Poliquin not support the Farm Bill

Published: Apr. 18, 2018 at 6:29 PM EDT
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A group of veterans gathered outside of Congressman Bruce Poliquin's office Wednesday morning urging him not to support the Farm Bill.

They say this bill that includes legislation from the Congressman's Food Stamp Integrity Act, proposes significant cuts and harsher time limits to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also called SNAP.

The agriculture legislation reauthorizes programs at the USDA every five years.

In a press release from last week Congressman Poliquin announced two proposed changes to the SNAP program including certain work requirements and more responsible rules for individuals delinquent on child support.

This group of veterans say these pieces of legislation would negatively impact veterans and others using SNAP across the state.

Wilbur Worcester, a veteran says, "I do not receive SNAP benefits. I am fortunate enough to not require such assistance. But, I am here because the men and women who I stood beside and fought with all those years ago need someone watching their six today. It is unconscionable to me that our lawmakers would vote to take food from anyone much less the men and women who served in our armed forces."

Bruce Poliquin's office sent over a statement Wednesday saying in part:

"These proposals have absolutely no cuts whatsoever to SNAP funding. Instead, they increase support for work and job training programs to give able-bodies adults who choose to use SNAP opportunities to become independent and successful on their own."