What Congress Does – ‘Food Stamp Cuts Set To Kick In, Congress Not Paying Attention’
The good news is they go on recess for a month. And the House has only delt with 3 of the 12 programs to be funded.
as of now, Republicans have no pending legislation on the Food stamp (SNAP) portion of the Farm Bill they passed.
WASHINGTON — ‘Regardless of whether Republicans succeed in cutting food stamps this year, the 22 million American households relying on the program will see their benefits drop in November’.
‘The looming reduction has received little attention since lawmakers set it in motion years ago. The average household’s monthly benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will drop by $20 or $25, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal Washington think tank’.
‘The November reduction is happening separately from the debate over cutting food stamps as part of a broader farm bill’.
‘The cut is set to kick in because a 13 percent benefit boost from the 2009 stimulus bill is expiring. Initially, the plan was to let inflation catch up with the increase so that SNAP recipients would never see a month-to-month dollar decline’.
‘But in 2010, Senate Democrats and the Obama administration needed money to offset the cost of a series of spending bills. They said at the time they would replace the money later, but they never did’.
From : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/food-stamp-cuts_n_3671142.html