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Taking Food from Millions of Americans Threatens Economy

The U.S. House proposal to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, previously known as food stamps is likely to be voted on next week.  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report last week showing just how devastating and reckless these cuts [1] will be.  The proposal would deny SNAP to between 4 to 6 million low-income people, many who are children, seniors and families that work for low wages.  In North Carolina, roughly 165,000 adults [2] could be impacted.

In an economic recovery where there is one job opening for every three unemployed workers, SNAP is providing a temporary support to those struggling to find work.  The reality is in years past SNAP has consistently tracked the business cycle [3], increasing when the economy is in a downturn and declining when improvements occur.  No less will be true now—so today families struggling need an effective and efficient tool to put food on the table.