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What the New Federal Budget Does to the Food Stamp Program

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    The budget proposal negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate will keep the government running, but at a cost. Most federal agencies and department won't see many cuts to their budgets, but the food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, will see some steep cuts that could potentially impact millions of Americans in need of food assistance. In total, the program will see a $2.4 billion cut from last year.

    House and Senate negotiators suggest that this is due to declining enrollment in the program and stress that the program will still receive $78.5 billion in required mandatory spending and another $3 billion for the SNAP reserve fund.

    If you are either currently enrolled in the program and want to see how this deal may affect your benefits or feel that you need some assistance in order to purchase food then you should contact the Human Services department in your state to get more information about how the cuts may affect you.

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    It's a shame that lower income families are always the ones who take the brunt of any budget deal. Making sure families have food on their tables shouldn't be a political football.

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    Sounds like roughly 3-5% cut to funding overall. I wonder where this money is being reallocated? Any ideas?
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    bryce28 Wrote: Sounds like roughly 3-5% cut to funding overall. I wonder where this money is being reallocated? Any ideas?
    My guess is the defense budget.