Senate Makes Further Cuts to Food Stamps to Pay for Medicaid, EduJobs

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010 at 9:26 am

To pay for a much-needed, job-saving and job-creating bill to help ease states’ budget woes, Democrats have made further cuts to food stamps, and for the first time ever, benefit recipients could see their monthly checks shrink.

The initial version of the state aid bill — championed by Republican and Democratic governors, as well as congressional Democrats — cut approximately $6.7 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). It did so by taking back some of an expanded benefit created in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Feb. 2009 stimulus bill. The state aid bill made a number of cuts to provide $10 billion for teachers’ jobs and $16.1 billion for Medicaid funds.

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) thought the bill was deficit-neutral, but the Congressional Budget Office said it came up approximately $5 billion short. (The Democrats had not cut enough because they had not factored in the timing of the bill’s passage. The changes cannot go into effect until mid-September, at the earliest, as the bill needs a House vote.) Democrats tinkered with the bill, cutting unspent funds from a number of programs.

And they expanded the cuts to SNAP. A CBO score released last night shows the revised version more than pays for itself, reducing the deficit by $1.37 billion over the next ten years. SNAP benefits face a $11.9 billion rollback starting in April, 2014. A family of three can expect their benefits to drop about $50 a month.

Never before have congressional policies actually created a month-to-month cut in food stamps. Even in the 1996 rollback of numerous welfare programs, SNAP benefits just grew more slowly than food inflation. Congress has always attempted to avoid a “cliff.” And, as I reported yesterday, policy experts describe that “cliff” in benefits as “devastating”:

The ARRA increase to SNAP benefits boosted benefits from meager to less-meager, advocates say. “We have been very supportive of the ARRA boost,” says Ellen Vollinger of the Food Research and Action Center. “But it underscored that these benefits are not generous. Anecdotally, we heard that the ARRA boost let some SNAP recipients keep going to the supermarket in the third or fourth week of the month, rather than going to a soup kitchen starting after the second week. They were stretching out their benefits, and purchasing some more nutritious food, like fresh fruit and vegetables.” Vollinger notes that even with the ARRA funding the average SNAP benefit is not really enough to eat.

And FRAC argues that that the situation where the government might actually cut benefits… would be “devastating” for recipients. “In the 1990s, there were terrible cuts to the program,” Vollinger explains. “But nobody ever started receiving less money [because the benefits increased more slowly than the price of food increased]. That situation — what will happen if people aren’t well-informed about the cut? What if they don’t recognize that the benefit will be lower?” It has never happened in the history of the program, Vollinger notes.

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vabelle
Comment posted August 4, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

Hopefully, by April of '14, fewer people will need food stamps and those who do won't see that decrease…


Truth
Comment posted August 4, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

Hopefully this will be the case, but the trend is not positive in terms of unemployment and a decimated middle class. Unless and until companies invest in America, more of us will be needing food stamps:
and right now many people are griping about feeding the poor and disabled as they watch their own income disappear. No matter, in a country that has made billions for many, knowing that there are children going hungry, is obscene.
The greedy in this country had better re-align their values and soon.


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Faitho4hope
Comment posted August 7, 2010 @ 7:03 am

My family used to get $250/month in foodstamps [unemployed, no unemployment check, and wife on SSDI], 3 months ago, the foodstamps were cut to 160/month. They say we make too much. Unemployed = no income. SSDI [Social Security Disability Insurance] = $1000/month, which pays rent, utilities, medicines [wife is on 30 prescriptions].
Yeah, cutting the foodstamps instead of cutting Congressional salary makes sense.


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RepubDirtyTrick
Comment posted August 12, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

This article fails to mention that the Democrats had to cut food benefits to gain enough votes to pass the bill saving 4,700 teacher jobs. Republicans, of course, want more misery and suffering to score political points.

“To gain enough votes to pass the bill, Democrats had to schedule a cut in food assistance funds for 2014, which could reduce by an average of $50 the monthly benefits for a family of three. That provision would offset $12 billion of the bill's cost, but some Democrats have vowed to rescind those cuts before they take effect.
… The vote was largely along party lines. Democratic leaders argued the bill would provide much-needed aid to states and would prevent ballooning class sizes and severe cuts in health care for the poor. Republicans countered the bill was wasteful and constituted a “bailout” for the states.”

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100811/METRO/81103…

Of course, Republicans are still fighting to keep their deficit-ballooning unfunded tax cuts for their wealthy benefactors – to further widen the gap between the rich and poor. Why not? Their policies have already made America the LEAST upwardly mobile of all industrialized nation. Their rich benefactors are doing swimmingly while the rest of us fight for the scraps that fall from their well-fed mouths. One day, pro-transnational corporate, anti-worker, Fox News propaganda won't be loud enough to drown out the abysmal reality of the Republican destruction of the American Dream. Then their viewers, who align their interests with those of billionaires – hoping they will one day meet them for a beer – will know that they have been played… but their economic masters will have already disappeared behind the walls of their gated communities.

Keep voting Republican and slit your own throat. Time for a national strike.


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Michelle_gullette
Comment posted January 23, 2011 @ 11:12 am

Everyone needs to eat. I am currently in Washington and I get tanf for my son and I. Starting next month they get cut down from 457 to 380. That is not nearly enough to pay my rent and power let alone thousands of families in my spot. If food is taken from us people will start to do horrible things. Including robbery, burglary, prostitution, and more human trafficking. The jailswill be full and who can afford to feed all these new inmates. Take Our doa from us, then feed us in jail. tell me what is the point of this……………..


Michelle_gullette
Comment posted January 23, 2011 @ 11:16 am

In the end meant: take our food from us, then feed us in jail; tell me what is the point….


Jim
Comment posted April 17, 2011 @ 4:17 am

04/17/11. I just received a letter stating that the COLA (cost of living adjustment) has changed because the cost of living has went down. Get real! Anybody that has ever seen a grocery store knows that the only thing that has gone down is the package sizes. (consumerist.com) I imagine that this wiil be the year that eggs will shrink to 10 per carton and milk will start to look like a 2 liitter bottle of soda. Sure the politicians want to cut taxes to the rich. They belong to that club. It will only get worse.
Our government is spending a whopping 50 billion on 179 refueling tankers. What kind of war, on which country, could possibly justify this waste of tax payer money?


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Comment posted September 7, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

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