On September 11, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) stated that he is ready to bring forward a stand-alone nutrition bill that would cut an additional $20 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over 10 years. This would represent a total cut to the program of more than $40 billion. This deep cut is in stark contrast to the nutrition provision of the Senate’s farm bill, which cut only $4 billion from SNAP.
The statutory language for the proposed new cuts has not yet been released, but the cuts are expected to be achieved through eliminating the authority of the Administration to waive a provision that limits SNAP participation by single, childless, non-disabled adults between the ages of 18 and 50 to three months out of every three years, unless they are working 20 hours a week or participating in a job training or workfare program. Most states applied and qualified for waivers during the recession.
Funding for the SNAP program is one of the issues that have stalled negotiations on the farm bill between the House and Senate. The House passed a bill without the nutrition title (H.R. 2462), while the Senate bill (S. 954) includes a nutrition title.
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