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  • Food Stamp Benefits Steadily Eroding in Value
    June 22, 2007

    Food stamp benefits average only about $1 per person per meal, and as a result of benefit cuts enacted in the 1996 welfare law, the purchasing power of most households’ food stamp benefits is eroding in value each year. In 2008, a typical working parent with two children will receive …
  • The Food Stamp Program’s Critical Role in Helping Children
    April 26, 2007

    The Food Stamp Program is the Nation’s Biggest Child Nutrition Program The Food Stamp Program provides families with 13 million children with resources to purchase an adequate diet.  This represents almost one in five children in the United States.  Half of all food stamp recipients are children (and another 27 percent are adults who live with those children). Almost 80 percent of …
  • Facts About Latinos in the Food Stamp Program
    April 19, 2007

      Latinos Benefit Disproportionately from the Food Stamp Program One in five food stamp households is headed by a Latino.  A fifth of food stamp benefits — nearly $6 billion per year — are issued to Latino households.  (According to Census data, Latinos make up about 15 percent of the U.S. population.) More than 5 million …
  • Facts About African Americans in the Food Stamp Program
    April 19, 2007

      African Americans Benefit Disproportionately from the Food Stamp Program One in three food stamp households is headed by an African American.  More than a third of food stamp benefits — over $10 billion per year — are issued to African-Americans.  (According to Census data, African Americans make up about 12 percent of the …
  • Fact Sheet: Congress Has a Number of Options to Pay for Extending Health Coverage to More Low-Income Children
    March 14, 2007

    There is growing consensus that SCHIP reauthorization should make substantial progress toward covering all uninsured low-income children.  The cost, however, will be substantial.  Immediately enrolling the roughly 6 million children who are eligible for publicly funded coverage but …
  • Congress Has Not Favored the Food Stamp Program Over Farm Programs
    March 12, 2007

    Because expenditures for farm programs have declined in recent years while food stamp expenditures have grown, some advocates of farm programs have argued that Congress has treated the Food Stamp Program more favorably than farm programs — and that farm programs therefore deserve more …
  • Factsheet: Expanded Presidential Power under Senate “Line-Item Veto” Unlikely To Improve Fiscal Discipline
    January 10, 2007

    In the 109th Congress, the Republican-controlled Senate Budget Committee approved the Legislative Line Item Veto Act of 2006, a variation of an Administration proposal, as part of a larger budget process bill (S. 3521).  Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) intends to offer that line-item veto proposal …
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