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Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 7: House Republicans’ Bill Could Adversely Affect 170,000 Veterans

September 18, 2013

The House expects to vote tomorrow on a bill that would cut SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) by $39 billion over ten years.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates it would deny SNAP to about 3.8 million low-income people in 2014 and to an average of nearly 3 million...

Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 5: SNAP Will Shrink as the Economy Improves

September 13, 2013

With SNAP participation having reached all-time highs in the past few years, some critics claim that the program is growing out of control and needs to be slashed.  But, in reality, SNAP’s recent growth is temporary and shows that the program is working as designed.

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Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 3: Waving the "Fraud, Waste, and Abuse" Flag

September 11, 2013

Some House Republican leaders have sought to portray SNAP as rife with fraud and abuse to help justify their proposals to cut millions of people from the program and slash $40 billion from SNAP.  The facts are not on their side.  A history of bipartisan congressional oversight and strong attention to SNAP program integrity...

Facts on SNAP, Part 4: SNAP Responded to the Recession and Will Shrink as the Economy Improves

May 15, 2013

As the Senate and House Agriculture Committees consider changes to SNAP (formerly food stamps) this week, we’ve laid out some basic facts about the program:  the people it serves, the...

The Facts on SNAP, Part 2: SNAP Supports Work

May 9, 2013

Part 1 in this series showed that SNAP (food stamps) provides modest benefits to vulnerable people.  Here, we explain that most SNAP recipients who can work do work, and that SNAP rules...

Setting the Record Straight: Safety Net Dollars Go to People — Not Red Tape

March 20, 2013

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed this week that just 30 percent of the dollars spent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps) actually benefit program participants.  The truth, plain and simple:  that figure is way off.  We’ve pointed this out, and fact checkers from the...

Ryan Budget Would Slash SNAP

March 14, 2013

Millions of people would lose part or all of their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) benefits under the new budget from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, according information that the committee staff provided during yesterday’s mark up.

The Ryan budget, like those he proposed in 2011 and 2012, would slash funding...

SNAP Responded as Designed to Economic Hardship

February 13, 2013

Senator Jeff Sessions suggested in a Senate Budget Committee hearing this morning that recent growth in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) and other safety net programs justifies cutting them now as part of deficit reduction efforts.  But as the Center’s president Robert Greenstein testified...

The False Claim That Higher-Income People Are Driving SNAP Costs, Part 2

November 21, 2012

Part 1 of this post explained that SNAP (food stamp) spending has risen significantly in recent years mainly because of the recession and a temporary benefit increase that policymakers enacted in response to it.  Now let’s turn to the...