As the House prepares to take up the Farm Bill, nearly 30 lawmakers are putting themselves on a food stamp diet. That gives them just over $30 to spend on food for a week. Holmes Norton says grocery shopping was a rude awakening.
"You don't have nearly the kind of diversity that is necessary for nutritious eating," she says.
The protest is because House Republicans want to slash nutrition programs by more than $2 billion, compared to only $400 million in cuts in the Senate version. Holmes Norton says her diet this week shows what many District residents go through daily.
"You get so hungry that you're tempted, and so you just go to sleep, in the hope that the hunger will be gone by the morning," she says.