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House Hearing Today to Highlight Successes of SNAP “Categorical Eligibility”

June 20, 2019

A House Agriculture subcommittee will hear testimony today about a Trump Administration plan to roll back an important state option (“categorical eligibility”) that lets states tailor their SNAP (food stamp) income and asset limits to provide modest help to certain low-income households — mainly working families, seniors, and people with disabilities — to afford food. Though Congress on a...

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SNAP Can Cover Full Benefits Through March, But Participants Face Big Gaps Between February and March Benefits

January 30, 2019

Under the continuing resolution (CR) that provided the funding to reopen the government for three weeks, SNAP (food stamps) now is fully funded at least through March, even if the government shuts down again on February 15. Millions of families, however, face a longer-than-usual gap between their February and March benefits because the Agriculture Department worked with states to issue...

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6 Takeaways From CBO Estimate of House Agriculture Committee SNAP Proposals

May 3, 2018

The Congressional Budget’s Office (CBO) estimate of the House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill reiterates that its SNAP benefit cuts would total more than $17 billion over ten years.

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House Budget Targets SNAP for Cuts

July 20, 2017

The budget resolution that the House Budget Committee approved yesterday requires the House Agriculture Committee to identify at least $10 billion in cuts over the next decade to nutrition and other entitlement programs under its jurisdiction.  Most, if not all, of them could come from SNAP (formerly food stamps).  Along with these cuts, which Congress would consider under the fast-track “...

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SNAP Caseloads Falling More Quickly in 2017

July 19, 2017

SNAP (formerly food stamp) caseloads and spending continue to fall in 2017, the latest Agriculture and Treasury Department data show. (See graph.) These drops counter some policymakers’ assertions that they need to cut...

SNAP Participation Has Fallen by 6.2 Million Since December 2012

SNAP Caseloads and Spending Declines Track CBO Projections

May 22, 2017

President Trump’s new budget will reportedly cut SNAP (formerly food stamps) by $193 billion — 25 to 30 percent — over ten years and may justify the cut by claiming that SNAP caseloads and...

In Focus; SNAP Caseload Decline Tracking CBO Projections

SNAP Caseloads and Spending Still Falling

May 11, 2017

SNAP (formerly food stamp) caseloads and spending are continuing to fall in 2017 — and the decline may be accelerating, the latest Agriculture and Treasury Department data show.  (See graph.)


SNAP Marks Four Years of Falling Caseloads

March 16, 2017

The number of SNAP (formerly food stamps) recipients is now below 43 million -- a decline of almost 5 million people (or 10 percent) since the December 2012 peak -- new Agriculture Department data for December 2016 show. (See chart.) Though most of the drop since 2012 is because fewer Americans need SNAP...

Number of SNAP Participants Keeps Falling

Chairman Roberts Reiterates Opposition to SNAP Block Grant

March 8, 2017

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts reaffirmed his opposition yesterday to block-granting SNAP (formerly called food stamps), saying a block grant is “not the answer,” “SNAP...

93 Percent of Federal SNAP Spending Is for Food

CBO: SNAP Spending Will Continue Falling

January 27, 2017

Spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue to fall as the economy recovers and the number of SNAP participants falls, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reiterated this week in updated spending projections (see chart). CBO’s estimate of SNAP spending over the next ten years, based on the SNAP rules now...

In Focus: SNAP Costs Falling, Projected to Fall Further