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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recovery Act, 2016 SNAP Budget And The GOP




Re post from The Center For Budget and Policy Priorities.


As we move through yet another period of foiled GOP attempts to socially engineer the nation to their paradigm, we must remain ever vigilant. Vigilant in resisting onslaught after onslaught against a humane and caring society. While our vigilance worked in forcing a revision to the Mike Pence Law, we were successful only the partnering with big business.

Republicans are also attacking people where it has the most impact: with hunger and lack of nourishment. Legislation to significantly cut SNAP aid to families is part of the GOP 2016 Budget and we will have no opportunity to bad together in resistance. And, we contributed to to children and the elderly.

 


Our lack of votes hand both houses of Congress to the GOP, thus actively participating in failing those with most life-sustaining need.

Off the Charts writer  recently published a compelling piece regrading GOP SNAP cuts.  Before the piece from Off the Charts, allow me to compliment Ms. Rosenbaum 's efforts to avoid point identifying the cuts as a key component of the 2016 GOP Budget. You will not Rosenbaum provided a graph that without attribution speaks volumes about the Recovery Act.  Lets not forget the GOP was not fully supportive fo the Recovery Act. 

Off the Charts: Policy Insight Beyond the Numbers
Dottie Rosenbaum
Future SNAP Cuts Would Come on Top of Recent Cuts
March 31, 2015 
Policymakers considering SNAP cuts this year — the House budget calls for $125 billion in cuts over the next decade, for example — should remember that any future cuts would come on top of cuts that occurred recently or are occurring under current law. Roughly 1 million unemployed, childless adults are slated to lose SNAP over the course of 2016 as a three-month limit on benefits returns in many areas. And, as our new paper recaps, nearly every SNAP recipient experienced a benefit cut averaging 7 percent in November 2013 when the benefit boost in the 2009 Recovery Act expired. 
Policymakers raised benefits in 2009, at the height of the Great Recession, recognizing SNAP’s proven effectiveness at providing economic stimulus and reducing hardship. In a weak economy, every $1 increase in SNAP benefits generates about $1.70 in economic activity, Moody’s Analytics estimates. 
The benefit boost helped millions of low-income families afford adequate food. The share of households with “very low food security,” meaning they had to skip meals or take other steps because they couldn’t afford sufficient food, was expected to rise in 2009 due to the recession. Yet it fell among households with incomes low enough to qualify for SNAP, while rising among somewhat better-off households (see chart).

The sudden benefit cut when the benefit increase expired on November 1, 2013 likely increased hardship for many struggling families. Benefits fell by about $20 per household per month, on average — equivalent to ten meals a month. The average benefit per person per meal fell from about $1.49 to just $1.38. 
The benefit cut reduced total SNAP benefits by about $5 billion in fiscal year 2014. Also, SNAP caseloads, which had grown between 2007 and 2011 due to the recession and lagging recovery, leveled off in 2012 and 2013 and then fell by about 2 percent in fiscal year 2014. These two factors pushed down overall SNAP spending by about $6.3 billion (8 percent) in 2014.

Related Posts:
House, Senate Budget Plans Each Get 69 Percent of Cuts From Low-Income Programs
1 Million People Facing Cutoff of SNAP Benefits Next Year
SNAP Spending Falling, as Expected

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It is truly sad to watch the GOP shape a nation without any regard for large swaths of the population.


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