Congress aims to uproot anti-poverty programs

The Republicans are celebrating a so-called win with a new tax reform. Who do you think benefits from these tax cuts? The rich.

People are celebrating our so-called tax cuts, but what we’re hearing less about is who will pay the consequences — and that’s hardworking, low-income Americans.

This year we’ve already seen attempts to gut essential programs like Medicaid and SNAP (formerly food stamps). So after giving away $1.5 trillion in tax breaks to millionaires, those same critical programs will likely wind up back on the chopping block.

With one in eight Americans below the poverty line, this is both bad public policy and just plain wrong.

We need to make clear to Congress that we won’t stand for any attempt to unravel anti-poverty programs.

Emma Ulali’a Oto-Pale