Stop Cuts in Food Stamps

June 30, 2010 at 5:08 am 1 comment

Last night, as Senate leaders looked for ways to pay for increases in pending jobs-related legislation, they proposed cutting billions of dollars from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—formerly known as food stamp) benefits. We need your urgent help to stop this from happening.

The pending bill—the American Jobs, Closing Tax Loopholes and Preventing Outsourcing Act, (H.R. 4213), also known as the “extenders bill”—would continue extended unemployment insurance and enhanced Medicaid matching funds to the states—important support for vulnerable people.

But it is unacceptable to pay for these benefits by raiding desperately needed SNAP/food stamp dollars. The proposed cut would eliminate a much-needed future boost in SNAP/food stamp benefits that Congress included in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

This proposed cut—totaling some $9.56 billion—would return millions of families to the same situation where SNAP benefits typically run out in the third week or early in the fourth week of the month. It would increase hunger just when the president’s 2015 deadline to end childhood hunger is approaching, and it would increase obesity by making it even harder for struggling families to purchase healthy food.

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Entry filed under: Legislative Updates.

Oregon Food Bank Advocacy Alert Congressional Update 7/7/2010

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