NHDP Statement: House retains SB7 special interest food stamps bill

 Concord, N.H. – Today, the New Hampshire House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee retained SB7, which would block deserving Granite Staters from receiving food stamps, disproportionately disadvantaging our vulnerable children. The bill would needlessly leave federal dollars on the table. That federal money would not have be eligible to be redirected to other state programs. SB7’s retention means the bill will not come up for consideration again until 2018.

NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement:

“The retention of SB7 is great news for low-income Granite Staters. Republicans took a national special interest bill and presented it verbatim. The bill would have made it harder for children to receive food stamps, under the false theory of saving money. This reckless bill wouldn’t have actually saved the state on costs, instead leaving federal dollars on the table for our most vulnerable citizens.

Thankfully, this out-of-state special-interest legislation will be avoided for another year. Rather than taking money away from our state’s most vulnerable, perhaps Republicans would like to begin to focus on legislation to create economic opportunity, sure up our health care system, and tackle the opioid crisis.”

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