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Amid the longest shutdown in government history, many who depend on Section 8 and Federal food assistance programs such as SNAP are concerned. Their concerns are well-founded and represent an unparalleled crisis for those who depend on social safety nets. The fundamental issue is what will happen next to these families. Here are some questions…

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A Republican lawmaker in Missouri thinks poor people abuse food stamps and wants to ban them from buying what he deems are “luxury items.” State Representative Rick Brattin has introduced legislation that would prohibit the purchase of “cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood or steak” with food stamps. “The intention of the bill is to get the…

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Positive drug test would lead to 1-year suspension of food benefits Legislators in the Georgia House of Representatives are coming up with creative bills with language that allows for “suspicion-based” drug testing for people who receive public assistance. If House Bill 772 becomes law, applicants for benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly…

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In 2013, South Dakota-based newspaper Argus Leader requested information from the USDA on how much the agency paid out in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds to individual retailers. The Obama administration argued against the release of this data fearing privacy concerns of the retailer and food stamp recipient. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for…

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