Food Stamp Benefits Cut

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POSTED: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 4:24pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 4:27pm

Lawmakers in Washington are also cutting food stamp benefits at a time when El Pasoans need them the most.

El Paso representative Silvestre Reyes blames it on a congress that is "robbing Peter to pay Paul."

Some blame it on that big jobs bill that just passed congress - it has to be paid for somehow. And part of the money is coming from reduced food stamp benefits.

As we reported Wednesday night, the cuts are not coming at a good time.

One El Paso grocery store we visited said 70% of its customers pay with food stamps.

While many think El Paso is largely immune from the economic downturn, the numbers tell a different story.

The number of food stamp recipients has jumped by 25,000 in El Paso in the past 2 years. 160,000 people a month now get the welfare benefit.

In a letter to his colleagues in the U.S. House, Congressman Reyes urged them to forestall any more cuts in food stamp benefits.

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