Cochran walking line with SNAP cuts

In Mississippi, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – the federal program that my generation knew as “food stamps” – was feeding some 650,744 people in our state in January of this year.

For Mississippi’s congressional delegation, it is a particularly thorny issue and perhaps for none more than Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran – who has been whipsawed from the left for voting to make “deep cuts to the safety net” for Mississippi’s poor and from the right by conservatives who feel his votes don’t go far enough.

Sid Salter