Details emerge about dangerous House proposal to drastically cut food assistance

The U.S. House of Representatives will consider a proposal to slash food assistance by $40 billion.

The U.S. House of Representatives will consider a proposal to slash food assistance by $40 billion.

Last week, we told you about newly released data that shows 1 in 7 Nebraska households struggle with hunger, while at the same time, the House of Representatives will introduce a bill this month that will slash $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps thousands of working families and children in Nebraska get enough to eat.

New details are emerging about the House plan, which has been given the inaccurately benign title “The Nutrition Reform and Opportunity Act.”

The new House proposal is harsh, called “a national embarrassment” in Sunday’s New York Times editorial.  It would deny SNAP to at least 4 million to 6 million low-income people nationwide including many seniors and children in low-income families.  The people to whom the proposal would cut off food assistance include but are not limited to:

  • 2 million to 4 million poor, unemployed, childless adults who live in areas of high unemployment.
  • 1.8 million people, mostly low-income working families and low-income seniors, who have gross incomes slightly above the federal SNAP limits but have little to no disposable income available to spend on food and other needs, often because of child-care or housing costs.
  • Some 210,000 children in these families also would lose free school meals.
  • Other poor, unemployed parents who want to work but cannot find a job or an opening in a training program — along with their children, other than infants.

This proposal would be devastating to many of Nebraska’s working families and children who struggle to put food on the table.  Please contact your congressman and urge them to oppose the “Nutrition Reform and Opportunity Act.”

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