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Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (left) takes a question during a town hall meeting amid hundreds of constituents on Monday, March 13, 2017, at Lincoln Southwest High School. 

I receive SNAP, otherwise known as food stamps. I am a hard-working, passionate advocate, who also happens to have a disability.

Because of my disability, I am not able to work as much as I would like. Because of that I depend on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to help make sure that I can get healthy food, such as clementines.

The U.S. House of Representatives is moving to cut these sorts of benefits for 2 million people over 10 years. Roughly 4.4 million households that include non-elderly adults with disabilities received SNAP in 2016, using SNAP’s narrow administrative definition of “disability.”

We can’t afford these sorts of cuts. Also, the new reporting requirements will make it likely that people will lose benefits simply for not understanding the complicated new reporting process.

Please join me and the Arc of Nebraska in urging Rep. Jeff Fortenberry and our other representatives to protect my ability to eat healthy food. In these hard times, we need people with Nebraska values to make sure everyone is protected.

Jennifer James, Lincoln

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