Last week the House of Representatives voted to cut $20 billion from the nation's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or what is commonly called "food stamps."
According to the Texas Food Bank Network, one in five Texas households struggle to meet their food needs. The Congressional Budget Office says the number of Americans receiving SNAP has nearly doubled in just 5 years, going from 26 million in 2007 to 47 million today.
In what was one of the wildest rides in the Texas - Congressional District 23 - Democrat Pete Gallego beat incumbent Francisco Canseco in a race the GOP candidate finally conceded today (Friday). Republicans still control the Texas House, but Democrats gained seven seats to eliminate the Republican super-majority. The influential Latino vote is a hot topic, and both Castro brothers were on news networks this week to talk about the future. Sylvia Manzano from Latino Decisions talks about her thoughts going forward. Finally, Harvey Kronberg joins us to size up the Texas results.
State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, answers questions in English with reporters following an all-Spanish debate. Gallego and Congressman Francisco Canseco are vying for Texas District 23, which runs from El Paso to San Antonio.
From his stance that big banks are his opponent's focus and not small business, State Representative Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, said U.S. Congressman Francisco "Quico" Canseco, R-Texas, went to Washington, D.C. and became a part of the problem. Canseco said he wants growth in the private sector, where his opponent would destroy the country's economic force.
Each of the candidates argued back and forth on a stage at Palo Alto College Tuesday night. The debate was hosted by Univision and AARP, and conducted entirely in Spanish.