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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...

The False Claim That Higher-Income People Are Driving SNAP Costs, Part 1

November 20, 2012

An article by George Mason University’s David Armor and Sonia Sousa claims that a fifth of SNAP (food stamp) recipients in 2010 had incomes above twice the poverty line.  The Washington Post’s Robert Samuelson cited the study in a...

George McGovern and the Fight Against Hunger in America

October 22, 2012

Senator George McGovern, who died Sunday, was one of the architects — along with Senator Robert Dole — of landmark 1977 legislation that largely created today’s SNAP (food stamp) program, which has played a pivotal role in making severe...

Ryan Budget Takes Big Bite out of Food Stamps

March 22, 2012

Millions of people would lose part or all of their SNAP (food stamp) benefits under House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget, a new CBPP analysis shows.

The Ryan plan would cut SNAP — the nation’s most important anti-hunger program — by $133.5 billion or more than 17 percent over the next...

The Facts on SNAP — Again

January 17, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s ongoing criticism of the rise in food stamp enrollment under President Obama has brought more public attention to the program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  As we noted last week, we have updated two key papers that provide background information on SNAP:

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The Facts on SNAP

January 10, 2012

We have updated two papers that provide background information on SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp Program), the nation’s most important anti-hunger program.

Attack on Food Stamps Misses Mark

June 23, 2011

James Bovard’s op-ed in The Wall Street Journal today claims that the nation’s most important anti-hunger program, SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), is beset by out-of-control growth and widespread waste and fraud. Both charges are demonstrably false.

Millions Would Lose Some or All SNAP/Food Stamp Benefits Under Ryan Budget

April 11, 2011

Last week, we debunked House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s false claim that the SNAP program, formerly called food stamps, is growing out of control. We’ve just issued a report showing that the enormous SNAP cuts he is proposing — $127 billion over ten years, almost 20 percent of the entire program — could throw millions of low-income families off the rolls, cut benefits by thousands of dollars a year, or both. (The report includes state-by-state estimates of the potential impact.)

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