The U.S. Senate approved a bill to protect farm lands from development, but Sen. Cory Booker (D) voted against the measure. He told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that the bill had good aspects, but that it is not the time for it.
“It has lots of good things in it and I respect Debbie Stabenow, especially for her really hard work in getting this bill through, but when I looked at the final analysis you have billions of dollars being cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, and yet at the same time you’re cutting money from folks who are struggling to make it in this economy,” said Booker.
Booker said that after hearing some of his colleagues in the Senate speak, both Republicans and Democrats said it was not the time to pass the bill. Currently the nation talks about a deficit and having a crop insurance program will just be giving away millions of dollars to people already making millions in profit, according to Booker.
Currently New Jersey is affected by food stamp cuts and according to Booker the state took a severe cut. Booker said that the economy is at a point where jobs have not returned from the recession and that people are still struggling despite working full-time jobs. People such as veterans and families with children receive SNAP benefits and Booker says that cutting a program like SNAP will claim about $16 billion.
Booker recently delivered his first speech as a U.S. senator. He said it was an honor and that it makes him feel grateful to New Jersey. In his speech, Booker spoke about unemployment benefits and how thousands of New Jerseyans have been affected.
“We take care of our own, we got to do that in America,” said Booker.