FPI Supports Calls to Protect SNAP

June 14, 2018. FPI’s Policy Analyst, Shamier Settle and Chief Economist, Jonas Shaende joined the Poor People’s Campaign and Rise & Resist at their rally against potential cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The House Agriculture Committee farm bill (H.R. 2) outlines cuts and discontinuation of SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) for a substantial number of low-income Americans. This proposal contains $20 billion in cuts to the SNAP program and provisions for expanded work requirements. There is little empirical evidence that such requirements lead to improvements in employment.

In the state of New York nearly 3 million people rely on SNAP to avoid being hungry on a daily basis. Over 1 million of these people are children. Reducing these benefits will multiply hunger and poverty among New Yorkers. Furthermore, it will have a negative effect on consumer spending and jobs because less money will be spent at grocery stores and supermarkets. As an economic policy cutting SNAP is bad and indefensible. Previous research from the Fiscal Policy Institute also reflects the harm that would be caused by defunding the SNAP program.

 

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