What the Cut in Food Stamps Means

When President Obama signed the farm bill on Feb. 7, it meant sun and rain for food stamp recipients. The sunny side is that a $40 billion cut over 10 years proposed by House Republicans was whittled to $8.6 billion. The stormy side is that some 850,000 households, or 4 percent of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly food stamps), will lose about $90 a month to help pay for groceries. The wide-ranging law also addresses nutrition …

Congress Moves to Trim Food Stamps

A compromise bill that sets spending for farm aid and nutrition programs passed the House on Jan. 29 with a 1 percent cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the old food stamps program, which helps 1 of every 7 Americans buy groceries. The $800 million cut over the next decade won’t require kicking any current food stamp recipients off the rolls, according to the Christian Science Monitor. The compromise (which passed with a vote of 251 to 166) left …

6 Things to Watch in Congress

Members of Congress are back in Washington with an agenda full of items important to older Americans. Here’s a rundown: Debt ceiling and federal budget. Two deadlines loom here. The federal government will run out of borrowing authority if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling by Feb. 7. Although Capitol Hill lawmakers negotiated a budget deal in December that set overall spending, they must pass a bill with more specifics by Jan. 15. Each time budget deadlines hit, some lawmakers …