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U.S. Representative Doug LaMalfa confuses me

I don’t understand how our U.S. Representative, Doug LaMalfa, can justify his voting to cut food stamps for low-income families while he has collected millions of dollars in government subsidies for his farm.

He received $5.1 million in federal crop subsidies between 1995 and 2012 and his estate is estimated to be over $3 million dollars. Yet, he recently voted to cut funding for food stamps by $8 billion over 10 years.

This means the loss of 21 meals each month for a family of four, affecting 47 million low-income and working poor Americans.

Food stamps are a type of welfare but so are government subsidies to farmers. The only difference is that one type is for the poor and needy while the other is for the wealthy and not needy. (Sources: Los Angeles Times: Jan. 29, 2014; Center for Responsive Politics)

I cannot in good conscience vote for him. I will be voting for Heidi Hall.

Diane Walker

Grass Valley

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