SNAP

In November, Congress failed to renew the 2009 stimulus provision allocating additional funds to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  This removed a much-needed $5 billion from an already underfunded public program tasked with keeping 47 million Americans from going hungry....
12/11/2013
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I received a phone call today from someone who had seen Demos’ Vice President, Heather McGhee, on MSNBC talking about why people need food stamps. The caller stated, “People who are poor do not deserve to have children. I’ve seen these people with 1,2, 5 children. If you can’t afford to feed them,...
10/31/2013
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Washington's set to go from not doing enough to actively adding to our unconscionable poverty rate, slashing food stamps as poverty languishes. That's because the House Republicans have a plan to double-down in their cuts to the Supplemental Assistance for Needy Families (SNAP), commonly known as...
09/18/2013
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It’s hard enough for any specific anti-poverty policy to achieve its mission, let alone work in tandem with other policies to tackle a problem that tends to be complex and entrenched. That's why Washington State’s food stamp program is remarkable, and a candidate for national expansion, if only...
06/02/2013
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If Congress doesn't succeeed in gutting SNAP benefits through the Farm Bill, which now proposes sweeping cuts to food stamps, it seems various state legislatures will do whatever they can to get that job done.  A few weeks ago, I wrote about North Carolina's proposed background checks for SNAP...
05/09/2013
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For fans of conservatives’ favorite teller of “hard truths,” the Path to Prosperity budget proposal released by Rep. Paul Ryan this week must have been a disappointment. The document made a splash in years past with controversial plans like turning Medicare into a voucher program...
03/13/2013
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The conversative blogosphere exploded last week with reports that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP, a.k.a food stamps) usage had grown by 7,223,000 during Obama's first term. In contrast to the familiar complaints that this part of the safety net is too generous, and that...
01/30/2013
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In 1993, President Clinton signed a federal law to ensure that all Americans had the opportunity to register to vote. The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) mandated not only that Americans have a chance to register to vote when they get a driver's license, but also when they visit public...
11/25/2011
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