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Nasheed Criticizes Nixon Over Food Stamp Cuts

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Jamilah Nasheed. Photo: KMOX

Jamilah Nasheed. Photo: KMOX

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Missouri State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, says she and the Black Legislative Caucus will “vigorously oppose” Gov. Jay Nixon’s changes to the state’s food stamp program.

Nixon’s plan will go into effect next year. It removes about 58,000 able-bodied, childless adults from the state’s list of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.

In a statement to media and letter to Nixon Thursday, Nasheed had some strong words for the governor’s cuts, calling them “nothing less than callous” and “an uncommonly cruel action.”

“I implore the governor to think back just two years when he visited a St. Louis Area Foodbank and saw first-hand the suffering and economic hardships our citizens are enduring in this economic downturn. It has not gotten any better,” the senator wrote in the statement.

In a letter to Nixon, Nasheed spoke directly to Nixon, a fellow Democrat.

“In the past you have worked well with myself and members of the Black Legislative Caucus,” Nasheed wrote. “However, this action of cutting food stamps crosses a line that will compel us to vigorously oppose you in this instance. Consequently, I urge you in the strongest possible terms to rescind your action.”

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