House Approves $40 Billion Cut to Food Stamp Program

Posted on: September 20th, 2013 by NADO Admin

On September 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act (H.R. 3102) (http://www NULL.gpo NULL.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr3102ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr3102ih NULL.pdf) by a vote of 217 to 210. The bill reauthorizes the food stamp program known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other nutrition programs for three years, through FY2016. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) (http://www NULL.cbo NULL.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/HR3102 NULL.pdf) estimates that the bill would reduce SNAP spending by $40 billion over 10 years and that 2.8 million people would lose their benefits, while another 850,000 would see benefit cuts.

On June 10, the U.S. Senate approved their version of the farm bill (S.954 (http://www NULL.gpo NULL.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s954pp/pdf/BILLS-113s954pp NULL.pdf)), which includes $4 billion in SNAP cuts over 10 years. Senate Agriculture Committee leaders are opposed to the House approved reductions in the SNAP program. It remains unclear when a conference committee will begin work on merging the House and Senate farm bills into a final measure. Congressional reauthorization is needed for key USDA Rural Development programs critical to small and rural regions across the country. The current farm bill extension expires on September 30.

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