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Americans were hungry before the credit compromise cuts food stamps. The compromise makes it worse.
It looks likely that the debt ceiling compromise cobbled together by Kevin McCarthy and Joe Biden will pass the House with a bi-partisan majority and get to the Senate before the end of the week.
As I wrote in a previous post, the main group of American’s to pay the cost of this compromise will be the poor who will lose SNAP, aka, food stamp benefits.
Cuts to government support for Americans struggling with what is called, euphemistically, food insecurity won’t start when the President signs the latest cave to MAGA cruelty.
Tens of millions of Americans in 32 states saw the pandemic boost to their SNAP benefits expire at the end of February.
At the start of the COVID-19 crisis when millions of people lost their jobs, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in 2020 to temporarily boost SNAP for the hungry.
The extra allotments were intended to expire when the pandemic ended.
So when Biden declared the end of the pandemic it also ended the boost in food allotments.
Good work Joe.
Some states - and you can probably guess which ones - Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wyoming — have already stopped issuing pandemic-era SNAP emergency allotments, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
But in March the remaining 32 states, plus Washington, D.C., Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands stopped receiving the extra SNAP funds.
For those over 65 there is a double hurt.
After receiving a 8.7% cost of living adjustment in January, the largest since 1981, some hungry elderly saw their SNAP benefits drop. That's because the benefits are calculated using factors such as income, certain expenses and the number of people in your household.
Social Security counts toward income.
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