The draconian House farm bill that would have destroyed endangered species, land conservation efforts, small-scale farmers and food-stamp recipients passed the U.S. House of Representatives 213 to 211, with every House Democrat and 20 Republicans voting against it. Really, it was that bad.
Now the Senate has their own version (S. 3042) that has passed out of committee and awaits a floor vote. It appears to have gotten rid of the worst parts of the House bill, but we need to keep on eye on SNAP.
Why is SNAP such a big deal?
Continue reading “Wed. 6/27: Watching out for migrant kids with one eye, watching out for SNAP with the other.”
How cruel are we?
The Agriculture Department is considering a policy change in the SNAP (Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program) that would expose single adults to a harsh three-month time limit on food stamp benefits if they aren’t employed at least half-time or in a qualifying work or training program.
SNAP recipients in states that have few or no employment programs and fails to offer them a spot in a work or training program — which is the case in most states — or those who live in high-unemployment areas, will have their benefits cut off after three months, even if they are searching diligently for a job or working less than 20 hours a week.
Because this provision denies basic food assistance even to people who want to work and will accept any job or work program slot offered, it is effectively a severe time limit rather than a work requirement, as such requirements are commonly understood. This will help no one get out of poverty and will take food away from people who need assistance.
Action: Let’s stand indivisible with the most vulnerable members of our society and write a comment to protest this new policy.
Today is the FINAL DAY we can submit public comments objecting to this change here. Continue reading “SNAP, SNAP, SNAP – The swamp monsters come after the poorest among us. COMMENT TODAY!”