Mr. CRAWFORD. I yield myself such time as I may consume.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is just that--a nutrition assistance program--which is designed to provide nutrition assistance to eligible low-income individuals and their families. Personal hygiene items never have been eligible for purchase under a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program transaction and should never be eligible under SNAP. We should be devoting our scarce resources to providing food to hungry Americans, not personal hygiene items.
I urge my colleagues to join me in the opposition of this amendment and to vote ``no.''
I reserve the balance of my time.
Mr. BUTTERFIELD. Mr. Chairman, I'm going to ask my colleagues if they would look very closely at this amendment. It's not a radical amendment. It simply empowers those recipients of SNAP to buy very simple and basic items that are related to nutrition, such as toilet paper and toothpaste and toothbrushes and the like.
I ask my colleagues to please allow an up-or-down vote on this and to vote ``aye'' on the amendment.
I yield back the balance of my time.