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6/21/2012 (2 years ago)

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Both the house and senate agree they want to cut food aid to poor.

The Senate has rejected $4.5 billion in spending on food stamps as part of a larger farm aid bill on Tuesday. The food stamp funding was part of an amendment that would keep the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from being cut. 

The cupboard will be a little more bare when Washington finishes housekeeping.

The cupboard will be a little more bare when Washington finishes housekeeping.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/21/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: SNAP, food stamps, aid, poor, recession, Senate, House, agriculture, heat and eat


WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - The amendment was proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D - NY) and it failed 33 to 66. The amendment was part of a massive $969 billion bill and would be paid for by reducing guaranteed farm profits from 14 to 12 percent. Additional cuts to reduce payments for crop insurers would have also funded the food aid. 

Gillibrand made a plea before the vote saying "We all here in this chamber take the ability to feed our children for granted. That is not the case for too many families in America. Put yourselves for just a moment in their shoes. Imagine being a parent who cannot feed your children the food they need to grow. It's beneath this body to cut food assistance for those who are struggling the most among us."

"Half of the food stamp beneficiaries are children, 17 percent are seniors, and unfortunately now 1.5 million households are veteran households that are receiving food stamps," Gillibrand added.

However, other members of the Senate questioned the integrity of the program which in 14 states makes users eligible for additional aid if they also get aid for paying their utility bills. By cutting the program, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that food aid would be reduced by about $90 per family. For some families, that could be as much as one quarter of their total food budget for a month. 

Some states may be gaming the system by sending checks for $1 to families who need assistance. One dollar is the threshold of assistance, which makes a family eligible for additional aid. Critical senators are concerned that states are sending out the checks to get more money from the federal government. 

The number of Americans receiving food aid benefits has increased, creating alarm in Congress that not all people in the program really need the benefits. According to the CBO, 26 million Americans received aid in 2007 and 44 million received aid in 2011. Much of this increase is due to the recession. 

While the Senate debates what cuts to make, the House is considering even deeper cuts. In any case, whatever version of the bill finally passes, food aid recipients can expect cuts in the year to come. 

 

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