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Provide Adequate SNAP Funding for Fiscal Year 2021

November 12, 2020

The Agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2021 that the Senate Appropriations Committee released Tuesday includes substantially less funding for SNAP (food stamps) than the program is likely to need, because the bill’s funding level is based on outdated, pre-COVID-19 funding estimates. Traditionally,...

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Congress Should Lift the Cap on SNAP’s Appropriation

July 22, 2020

The fiscal year 2021 Agriculture appropriations bill that the House will consider this week includes far less funding for SNAP (food stamps) than the program will likely need because it’s based on pre-COVID-19 funding assumptions.

The 2021 risks stem from (1) the uncertainty over the next 14 months (i.e.,...

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SNAP Is Responding to Increased Need, Early Evidence Shows

May 20, 2020

SNAP (food stamps) responds quickly to increased need, such as during economic downturns and natural disasters, and the economic crisis spurred by COVID-19 is no exception. Indeed, the rise in the number of SNAP participants in recent weeks is unprecedented, with 2...

Food Need Has Risen Sharply During Pandemic

Latest Coronavirus Response Package Doesn’t Boost SNAP — the Next One Should

March 27, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which President Trump is expected to sign soon, doesn’t expand benefits or eligibility under SNAP (food stamps). Policymakers must address this limitation in their next stimulus measure, both to help the growing number of families struggling to afford food in the pandemic and because SNAP is one of the fastest, most effective...

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Families First Will Strengthen States’ Ability to Address Rising Food Needs

March 18, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act — which the House passed, and the President is expected to sign — will give states broad, temporary flexibility and authority to supplement and modify SNAP (food stamps) and other nutrition programs during the current public health emergency.

If implemented quickly, this new flexibility and authority will play a key temporary role in helping...

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Policymakers Should Protect SNAP From Funding Shortfalls — This Year and Beyond

October 8, 2019

As the President and Congress turn this fall to finalizing the full-year appropriations bills to fund the government, they should make the changes that they’ve failed to make so far to protect SNAP from possible funding shortfalls.

In addition, if policymakers need to enact another short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government when the current CR expires on November 21,...

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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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