South Florida in Congress
11:03 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Rep. Deutch On Climate Change, Food Stamps, Hunger And Immigration

A local congressman puts things in perspective this Independence Day. Boca Raton's Ted Deutch tells us about his challenge to live off food stamps, and explains why South Florida has a hunger crisis. Listen here for his conversation with WLRN’s Phil Latzman.
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Boca Raton)
Credit http://teddeutch.house.gov/

We're celebrating Independence Day this week by talking to some in South Florida's Congressional delegation.

Today it's Boca Raton-based Democrat Ted Deutch.

In the complete interview, I asked what the U.S. House of Representatives is doing about climate change and sea-level rise, what the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage of Act means for gay couples in Florida, and about his frustrations with the GOP over immigration reform.

Rep. Deutch has made fighting hunger a priority, and he talks legislation to increase food stamp benefits in Washington.

He was also one of two dozen Congresspersons who took a challenge to subsist on $4.50 of food per day. That’s the average budget of a recipient of the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Listen to the extended interview above.

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