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Queens Chronicle

Pol, nonprofits tout House spending plan

Maloney rallies with groups in LIC

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 11:47 am, Thu Aug 29, 2019.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) rallied with a coalition of nonprofits on Wednesday in Long Island City to call on Congress members to support the House of Representatives’ recently passed spending plan.

The coalition is also urging New York City’s congressional delegation to advance measures to boost economic security for working families and expand affordable housing and continue fighting against a Trump administration proposal for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The groups attending the event, which was held at the Queensbridge Houses’ Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, included the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, UJA-Federation of New York, the Fiscal Policy Institute, the New York Housing Conference, LiveOn NY, the Human Services Council of New York, and United Neighborhood Houses.

They are also asking the full New York congressional delegation to co-sponsor the Working Families Tax Relief Act and the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act to give a boost to 6.5 million New Yorkers and generate over $500 million annually to finance affordable housing in New York City, helping to create and preserve more than 4,000 additional affordable homes each year, respectively.

Lastly, the coalition is asking Congress to keep up the fight against the Trump administration’s proposed rules change for SNAP, which would take away food assistance from 3.1 million struggling Americans, prevent children from getting school meals and make it harder for states to administer food assistance programs.

“From proposals to cut SNAP, Medicaid, and affordable housing to the recent public charge rule, the Trump Administration has launched unprecedented attacks on our nation’s most vulnerable communities and has threatened to take away food assistance from 3.1 million Americans who are struggling to put food on the table,” Maloney said in a statement.

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