Income Support – House Committee Advances Farm Bill with Cuts to Food Assistance Program

Last week, the House Agriculture Committee approved the Agriculture and Nutrition Assistance Act of 2018 (H.R.2), also known as the “Farm Bill,” which reauthorizes farm programs and policy as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill proposes deep cuts to food assistance under SNAP: an estimated 2 million people would lose their SNAP food assistance or see their benefits reduced, over 10 years. The Committee vote set the stage for the bill to advance to the House floor; a date for a vote on the bill by the full House has not yet been set. The Senate has not yet announced its plans for the Farm Bill reauthorization. Visit the House Agriculture Committee YouTube channel for archived video of the markup. The Arc opposes this legislation.

Income Support – House Committee to Mark Up Farm Bill; Cuts to Food Assistance Proposed

Last week, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) released a draft of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), also known as the “Farm Bill,” to reauthorize farm programs and policy as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). On net, the Chairman’s draft bill proposes deep cuts to food assistance under SNAP: an estimated 2 million people would lose their SNAP food assistance or see their benefits reduced. On Wednesday, April 18, the House Agriculture Committee will mark up the Chairman’s proposed bill. Visit the Committee’s web site for live video the day of the hearing. The Arc opposes this legislation.

Temporary SNAP Benefit Enhancement Ends November 1

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provided a temporary increase in benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly known as the food stamp program). Under ARRA, that temporary enhancement is scheduled to end on November 1, 2013. As a result, every household receiving SNAP will experience a benefit reduction. A household of one will see an $11 cut in monthly benefits, a household of two will see a $20 cut in monthly benefits, a household of 3 will see a $29 cut in monthly benefits, and a household of four will see a $36 cut in monthly benefits. Learn more from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.