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House and Senate leaders are looking to cut nutrition assistance
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) is our nation's primary defense against hunger and one of our most effective programs at reducing poverty. In 2015, SNAP lifted 4.6 million people out of poverty, many of the children. Unfortunately, leaders in Congress are working to undermine SNAP’s reach and effectiveness along with other child nutrition programs.
Congressional leaders have proposed deep cuts to SNAP in the House budget proposal. These changes would spell certain disaster for hungry children and families across the country. Instead of demonizing a program that works, Congress needs to do more to reduce hunger and poverty in America. They can start by protecting SNAP in budget negotiations. ...
Legislative Alerts and Updates
- Use local media to thank the Senate for stopping cuts, but threats remain
The fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and end Medicaid as we know it has ended… for now. In the early morning hours of July 28, the Senate failed to pass its latest effort at repeal by a vote of 49-51. Sens. Collins (R-ME), Murkowski (R-AK), and McCain (R-AZ) joined all Democrats in opposing the bill. This is a great victory for activists across the country who stood up against powerful foes and demanded that Congress protect Medicaid and health care for millions of Americans -- and with threats to Medicaid looming on the horizon, we must keep up the pressure! ...
- Medicaid Safe for Now, but Threats Ahead
Medicaid provides long-term care to millions of seniors, critical services that help Americans with disabilities live independently, and is a core part of the successful coverage of America's children. Unfortunately, the House passed a health bill that guts Medicaid by not only winding down the Medicaid expansion but also capping the core program, resulting in 14 million children, seniors, people with disabilities, and others losing health coverage via Medicaid (and 23 million losing health coverage overall). While Senate action on health legislation is stalled, leaders in Congress may still try pass a bill that ends Medicaid as we know it. We must stop any partisan legislation that cuts or caps Medicaid or causes millions of Americans to lose their health insurance. ...