SNAP (Food Stamps)

12:38pm

Wed September 18, 2013
The Salt

House Bill Would Cut 3.8 Million People From Food Stamp Rolls

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 2:44 pm

Advocates for the poor say the proposed cuts to the food stamp program β€” $40 billion over 10 years β€” don't make sense at a time when unemployment remains high.
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The House of Representatives is expected to take up a bill Thursday that would chart the course for federal nutrition programs for years to come.

The measure calls for $40 billion in cuts over a decade to the federal food stamp program, now known as SNAP. The measure's Republican backers say it attacks fraud, but advocates say it will hurt the poor.

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6:15am

Wed August 7, 2013

3:29pm

Thu July 11, 2013
The Two-Way

House Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamps

House Speaker John Boehner discusses the farm bill vote at a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
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House Republicans have approved a farm bill sans food stamps, leaving a gaping hole in the middle of the measure for the first time in 40 years.

The 216-208 vote was largely on party lines, with no Democrats supporting it. Twelve Republicans also voted against it.

The decision to cleave food stamps β€” formerly called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, from the rest of the farm bill gives Republicans a victory after GOP lawmakers in the House turned down the full measure last month.

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2:56pm

Thu July 11, 2013
Environment

Food Aid Split From Farm Bill

Many farmers are resigned to being unable to depend on rock-solid federal farm policy.
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6:32am

Tue June 18, 2013
Losing Ground

The Lives Of Three Colorado Women On The Edge Of The 'Cliff'

Jeannett Escarcega shows her son, John, 4, a photo on her mobile phone in their east Denver apartment on Sunday, May 9, 2013. Escarcega encountered the "cliff effect" after accepting a $14.00 an hour job that triggered the loss of $500 in monthly food stamp support and even more in child care assistance (which was later reinstated for a $350 per month fee).
Credit Joe Mahoney / I-News

Perhaps the most important of the welfare reform measures passed by Congress 17 years ago doesn’t serve three-fourths of working poor families in Colorado according to an I-News analysis.

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