The Food Assistance Program should not be gutted!
The U.S House and Senate have passed very different versions of the “farm bill,” which impacts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly “food stamps”). The current SNAP legislation will expire on September 30th. Congress must agree on a compromise bill by that date, unless it votes to extend the current program.
The House bill tightens work requirements for recipients, raises the top age of recipients subject to work requirements and requires parents with children older than 6 to work or participate in job training. The House measure also limits circumstances under which families who qualify for other poverty programs can automatically be eligible for SNAP. The Senate version aims to reduce fraud in SNAP but doesn’t cut funding from the program, which helps feed more than 40 million people across the United States. Government auditors estimate that in 10 years the SNAP caseload would shrink by about 1.2 million people in an average month if the House version of the bill becomes law. There is no reason to make people suffer needlessly.
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SCRIPT: My name is XXX and my address and zip code is XXX. I am a proud member of Palm Beach Indivisibles. I demand that you protect the SNAP program and vote against any bill that would needlessly hurt millions of vulnerable American citizens by cutting funding or making them ineligible for assistance.