WASHINGTON – Today, United States Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) released the following statement condemning the Trump Administration for its callous decision to cut off hundreds of thousands of needy Americans from their SNAP benefits:

“The decision to restrict access to SNAP benefits is the latest blow in a coordinated effort by the Trump Administration against hungry and food-insecure Americans,” said Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05). “20 towns in the 5th District – Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Goshen, Harwinton, Meriden, Middlebury, Morris, New Britain, New Fairfield, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Plainville, Plymouth, Southbury, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Waterbury, and Wolcott – all use this waiver and rely on SNAP benefits to put food on the table. The majority of people who receive SNAP benefits work, but are underemployed and there is no racial, political, or geographic group that is exempt from need. I strongly urge Secretary Purdue and the Trump Administration to reverse this disastrous decision immediately.”


Rep. Jahana Hayes has been a public school teacher in Connecticut for more than 15 years and was recognized in 2016 as the National Teacher of the Year. Currently serving her first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Hayes sits on the Committees on Education & Labor and Agriculture and proudly represents Connecticut’s 5th District.