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.

Summary: Farm Bill Includes Bipartisan Improvements to SNAP While Excluding Harsh House Provisions

The nutrition title of the farm bill represents a solid outcome after a difficult two-year congressional effort. While it unfortunately doesn’t make progress in addressing hunger and poverty by investing new resources in SNAP (or by reinvesting the SNAP savings that it generates), it includes sound reforms that should strengthen SNAP over time. Most important, it rejects the harsh eligibility cuts in the House-passed version of the farm bill. Read more

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