Gibson votes for food stamp funds
Jul 11, 2012 11:19 pm
Brian Tumulty of the Politics on the Hudson blog writes that Rep. Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook), "broke with other Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee Wed., July 11, by supporting a failed Democratic amendment to trim the proposed cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as food stamps. Gibson supported an amendment from Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon) under which the House would match the reductions contained in the Farm Bill that passed the Senate last month, according to Gibson’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Valle." The Senate bill reduces spending on the program by $4.5 billion over 10 years, cutting benefits to an estimated 500,000 people, including 300,000 New Yorkers. The House bill would reduce the growth of SNAP by $16.5 billion over 10 years, eliminating food assistance to an estimated 2 million to 3 million people. Also on Wed., July 11, Gibson reported his campaign raised $405,851.23 in the second quarter, bringing his cash on hand to $1,191,549. Since retiring from the Army in 2010, the Congressman has received over 7,200 individual contributions, 74 percent of which are from individuals in "and around," the Congressman's district. (This is defined as all counties in the current 20th District, the new 19th District, and any contiguous county.) Forty-six percent of all total contributions have come from individuals in and around the Congressman's district. In the Democratic primary, Gibson's November opponent Julian Schreibman was criticized for the percentage of money his campaign raised from outside the district, and Gibson, by releasing this information, intends to make it an issue this fall too.