SNAP Federal Legislation and Policy
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan includes cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) of $137 billion — 18 percent — over the next ten years (2015-2024), which would necessitate ending food assistance for millions of low-income families, cutting benefits for millions of such households, or some combination of the two.
The new Ryan budget specifies two categories of SNAP cuts:
- It includes every major benefit cut in a House-passed version of the recent farm bill that Congress ultimately rejected when enacting the final farm bill.
- It would convert SNAP into a block grant beginning in 2019 and cut funding steeply ? by $125 billion (or almost 30 percent) over 2019 to 2024.
- Ryan’s “Opportunity Grant” Would Likely Force Cuts in Food and Housing Assistance
- Ryan Roundup: What You Need to Know About Chairman Ryan’s Poverty Proposal
SNAP is a highly influential program as states seek to coordinate the delivery of health and human services across many programs.
- SNAP Error Rates at All-Time Lows
- SNAP Costs Leveling Off, Almost Certain to Fall
- November 1 SNAP Cuts Will Affect Millions of Children, Seniors, and People With Disabilities
- SNAP Enrollment Remains High Because the Job Market Remains Weak
- Round-Up: Everything You Need to Know About SNAP
February 27, 2015
April 8, 2014
April 4, 2014
Summary of the 2014 Farm Bill Nutrition Title: Includes Bipartisan Improvements to SNAP While Excluding Harsh House Provisions
Revised February 3, 2014
Commentary: Nutrition Title of Farm Bill Agreement Drops Draconian Cuts and Represents Reasonable Compromise
January 27, 2014
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