SNAP Federal Legislation and Policy

Ryan Budget Would Slash SNAP by $137 Billion Over Ten Years

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.

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Testimony: SNAP’s Relationship to Other Safety Net Programs

Stacy DeanSNAP is a highly influential program as states seek to coordinate the delivery of health and human services across many programs.

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