Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Food stamp cuts kick in as Congress debates more

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will see their benefits go down starting Friday, just as Congress begins negotiations on further cuts to the program. Beginning in November, a […]

10/30/2013

This May 15, 2013 file photo shows stacks of paperwork awaiting members of the House Agriculture Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington as it meets to consider proposals to the 2013 Farm Bill. Members of the House and Senate are scheduled to begin long-awaited negotiations Wednesday, Oct. 30, on the five-year, roughly $500 billion farm bill. If they don't finish it dairy supports could expire at the end of the year, sending the price of a gallon of milk skyward, and a contentious debate over food stamps could spill into election season. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Food stamps, milk prices on table in farm talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight over renewing the nation’s farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk […]

10/28/2013

Chart shows federal food stamp participation since 1969. (AP Photo)

GOP prepares bill to cut food stamps by 5 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are preparing legislation that would cut food stamps by as much as $4 billion annually in an effort to downsize a program that many conservatives say has become too bloated […]

08/01/2013

Harry Reid, US Senator of Nevada and Senate Majority leader

Immigration, student loans top congressional plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returned Monday to potentially incendiary fights over nominations, unresolved disputes over student loans and the farm bill, and the uncertainty of whether lawmakers have the political will to rewrite the nation’s […]

07/08/2013

Soda

18 mayors: Limit use of food stamps to buy soda

NEW YORK (AP) — The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks. In a […]

06/18/2013

President Obama's 2014 US Government Budget book

An agency-by-agency guide to Obama’s 2014 budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has proposed a $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2014 that aims to slash the deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years, raise taxes on the wealthy and trim popular benefit programs including Social Security and Medicare.

04/10/2013

(AP Photo)

Local impact of sequestration cuts

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Automatic spending cuts that would take effect Friday if Congress cannot resolve a dispute over the federal budget would have minimal impact on Los Angeles County overall, except for social- welfare programs, county officials said today.

02/26/2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (AP photo)

Newark mayor, Twitter follower to live on food stamps

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Newark Mayor Cory Booker said he and a Twitter follower will try living on food stamps for at least a week.

The idea stemmed from a back-and-forth conversation between Booker and a woman who goes by the name TwitWit and uses the handle @MWadeNC. They began talking about the idea Sunday night.

12/03/2012

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