‘Protect Food Assistance,' Urges APA

Letter urges farm bill negotiators not to cut funding to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

On Nov. 26, 2013, APA CEO Norman Anderson, PhD, sent a letter to House and Senate farm bill conferees (PDF, 19KB), asking them to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in their negotiations. The letter asks Congress to protect SNAP in the farm bill and to reject many of the harmful provisions that passed as part of the House of Representatives' version of the bill, including drug testing of SNAP recipients, an ex-offender ban, and other deep cuts that would result in millions of low-income Americans losing SNAP benefits altogether. The Senate cut SNAP by $4 billion in their version of the farm bill, and the House of Representatives cut the program by $40 billion. The chambers are in negotiations, trying to reach a compromise on a final bill. SNAP, also known as “food stamps,” provides modest food assistance to very poor families. The program is authorized in the farm bill (which also authorizes our nation's agriculture programs) and has been under the constant threat of cuts during 2013.

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