Safety Net Programs
Income inequality is at an all-time high across the country. With stagnant wages and federal policies slanted in favor of the wealthiest Americans, working Americans are putting in the hours and failing to see increased opportunities for themselves or their children. I am advocating for programs that are there to provide help when families need it.
Unfortunately, many of these programs have been underfunded and targeted for even more cuts. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump Administration showed little enthusiams for programs that support the most vulnerable people in our society, like the elderly, the disabled, veterans, children, and working families who can barely make ends meet.
In the 117th Congress, I’m working to ensure that these programs help all of the Americans who need it, including:
- Food assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP),
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), which provide relief to these families,
- The HOME Investment Partnerships Program to help local agencies address their most pressing housing challenges,
- Healthy Start, to support pregnant women and infants, and Head Start to help families with health, nutrition, and education needs.