Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ask Your Senator to Co-Sponsor Senator Gillibrand's "Restore SNAP Cuts" Amendment!

The Senate Agriculture Committee has scheduled its markup for next Tuesday, May 14th at 10am ET. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow's (D-MI) mark includes a $4.1 billion/10 years cut to SNAP/food stamps. The $4.1 billion 'Heat and Eat' cut would limit states' ability to coordinate the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and SNAP benefits, and, counter intuitively, reduce SNAP benefits for households eligible for but receiving the smallest, least adequate LIHEAP benefits.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is now looking for co-sponsors for her 'Restore SNAP Cuts' amendment. This amendment restores the $4.1 billion/10 years cut to SNAP made in the Farm Bill, and offsets this cost by reducing payments to crop insurance companies without reducing the crop insurance subsidies the government pays directly to farmers.

If you support this restoration, please contact your Senators and ask that they co-sponsor Senator Gillibrand's amendment to restore the $4.1 billion SNAP cut.

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