Kelly Phipps, Michael J. Stellern, Jeremy O’Connor
Journal of Case Studies
November 01, 2014
Rep. Frank Lucas was chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, the committee charged with overseeing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, commonly known as food stamps. On March 20, 2012 Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the U.S. House of Representative Committee on the Budget introduced a budget proposal entitled “The Path to Prosperity.” This budget proposed large cuts to SNAP. Rep. Ryan claimed his budget was based on his Catholic faith. In response to Rep. Ryan’s claims, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter to Rep. Lucas, opposing Ryan’s budget, and asking him to oppose the cuts to SNAP because of Catholic social teaching. Rep Lucas had to decide whether to support the cuts to the SNAP Program or not.