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House Farm Bill Would End Food Assistance to Over 2 Million People

HeadlineMay 18, 2018

House lawmakers are set to vote today on a massive farm bill that contains major cuts to SNAP—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the bill would cut food assistance to more than 2 million people, while largely offsetting the savings by expanding state and federal bureaucracies. Today’s vote comes as a new United Way study finds 40 percent of U.S. households can’t afford the basics of a middle-class lifestyle—rent, transportation, child care and a cellphone. The study finds that more than 50 million U.S. households are now living in poverty or unable to meet the costs of ordinary expenses.

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