Daines Called Out for Voting against Hungry Seniors during Hypocritical Meals on Wheels Photo Op

(Helena) - Montanans are calling out Congressman Steve Daines for voting to take food away from hungry seniors, as he posed for a Meals on Wheels photo op in Missoula Tuesday. 
Daines attempted to serve up a new version of his record, but his work against anti-hunger initiatives – including Meals on Wheels – became the focus on the NBC Montana news story.
Vote after vote, Daines has chosen to leave the vulnerable without food resources:
  • He voted against the bill to restore funding for the Meals on Wheels program. It would have provided an added $41 million for elderly nutrition programs, including the Meals on Wheels. 

  • He voted for the Paul Ryan budget that cut non-defense discretionary spending by $900 billion that hurt "the ability of federally assisted programs such as Meals on Wheels to continue serving populations."
  • He supported an earlier Paul Ryan budget that would essentially eliminate the Meals on Wheels program by cutting grants that fund programs like Meals on Wheels. 
  • He voted to cut nearly $40 billion from anti-hunger programs that would have left low-income families – mostly children, seniors and veterans – without food.
“Congressman Daines puts on a show for Montana that doesn’t reflect his real work against Montanans in Washington,” said Andrea Marcoccio, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “He can’t hide his harmful record behind a poorly planned photo-op, and Montana voters will see right through his record of hurting Montanans and putting party politics before his responsibility to our state.”  

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