Congress passed an $867 billion farm bill, after a proposal that would have made cuts and placed stronger work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) benefits program was rejected. The House approved the bill by a vote of 369-47 after the Senate had earlier passed it by a vote of 87-13. Additional work requirements on nutrition assistance proved to be a major sticking point in preventing the bill from moving forward earlier in the year, as Democrats were united in their strong opposition to the proposal. The more stringent work requirements would have left workers who lacked sick leave, caregivers, and people with disabilities at risk of losing their SNAP assistance. Families already struggling to make ends meet would have had even fewer resources to meet their other basic needs, including housing. The USDA estimates that “approximately 42 million low-income individuals received SNAP benefits” in 2017.
In an extraordinary and historic rebuke of HUD Secretary Ben Carson, more than 30,000 people and organizations submitted comments on HUD’s cruel, wasteful and needless “mixed-status” proposal. With…July 15, 2019
Advocates across the country came together on June 26 for a Day of Action to Keep Families Together to oppose HUD’s cruel proposal to force 25,000 mixed-status immigrant families – including 55,000…July 1, 2019
Join advocates around the country on June 26 for a Day of Action to Keep Families Together to oppose HUD’s cruel proposal to evict 25,000 mixed-status immigrant families, including 55,000 children…June 24, 2019