Food Stamp Cuts Set To Kick In, Congress Not Paying Attention…(Civil Unrest In 3…2…1…)
WASHINGTON — Regardless of whether Republicans succeed in cutting food stamps this year, the 22 million American households relying on the program will see their benefits drop in November.
The looming reduction has received little attention since lawmakers set it in motion years ago. The average household’s monthly benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will drop by $20 or $25, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal Washington think tank.
“The general public doesn’t realize it,” Celia Cole, CEO of the Texas Food Bank Network, told The Huffington Post on Monday. “We certainly know the low income people on SNAP don’t know the cut is coming.”
Cole’s organization is publicizing the cut with a countdown clock. On Monday the clock indicated there are 94 days “until every SNAP (food stamps) household in America gets a little hungrier.”
But Congress has little appetite for intervention, as the consensus among lawmakers is not whether food stamps should be reduced, but by how much.