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In Making Budget Cuts, New Joint Committee Should Not Forget the Human Impact

September 2, 2011

With attention focused on spiraling federal deficits, some budget experts surely will rate the new joint congressional committee that will start work this month on whether it meets its deficit-reduction targets. Another important yardstick should be whether it does so in a fair and humane way.

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Vice President for Food Assistance Policy

Need for Food Stamps Likely to Remain High

January 14, 2011

Some 43 million Americans are receiving help through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) to afford a nutritionally adequate diet, according to the latest Agriculture Department figures. That works out to 1 in 7 Americans — and 1 in every 4 children. And the need for SNAP isn’t likely to decline significantly anytime soon, given the nation’s large jobs deficit.

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Vice President for Food Assistance Policy

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