Decisions

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The decisions of Congress related to reauthorization of the Farm Bill and the federal budget imperil the health and welfare of millions of Americans who rely on SNAP to keep food on the table.

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On Monday, November 18, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) co-anchored the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Special Order Hour on Ending Hunger in America. The video can be viewed on the CPSAN website by clicking here.

Click below to watch other members of Congress who have spoken in support of SNAP during recent debates.

 

View other SNAP Champions by visiting Hunger Cliff on YouTube.


Farm Bill Decisions

Sept. 19, 2013—The House of Representatives passes a bill that cuts $40 billion from SNAP.

July 2013—The House of Representatives passes a Farm Bill that excludes SNAP and other nutrition programs completely. House leaders defer action on nutrition programs for a separate bill.

June 20, 2013—House defeats a Farm Bill containing more than $20 billion in cuts to SNAP—which would have caused 2 million people to lose benefits entirely.

June 10, 2013—Senate passes a Farm Bill containing $4.1 billion in cuts to SNAP—affected households would lose, on average, $90 in benefits each month.

 

 

 

 

January 2, 2013—President Obama signs legislation extending the existing Farm Bill until September 30, 2013.

September 2012—With Congress failing to pass a new Farm Bill out of both houses, the House and Senate instead pass an extension of the existing authorizing legislation through December 2012.

June 21, 2012—Senate passes a Farm Bill that includes $4.5 billion in cuts to SNAP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2011—As part of the federal deficit reduction process, leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees draft a plan to cut $22 billion from agriculture funding, including $4.5 billion from SNAP. This plan becomes the template for the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill deliberations.

Budget Decisions
2013

November 2013–Across-the-board SNAP cuts take effect.

October 2013—With Congress failing to pass a budget out of both houses by the September 30 deadline, the federal fiscal year begins without the promised funding to forestall the SNAP cuts scheduled to take effect on November 1, 2013.
 

 

 

April 2013—President Obama proposes a 2014 budget that would restore the cuts to SNAP scheduled to take effect on November 1, 2013.

March 2013—The House passes a FY 2014 budget that includes additional cuts to SNAP. The Senate passed a budget that failed to restore funding.

2012

October 2012—With Congress failing to pass a budget out of both houses by the September 30 deadline, the federal fiscal year begins without the promised funding to forestall the SNAP cuts scheduled to take effect on November 1, 2013.

 

 

March 2012—The House of Representatives passes a FY 2013 budget that includes additional cuts to SNAP.

January 2012—President Obama proposes a 2013 budget that would restore the cuts to SNAP scheduled to take effect on November 1, 2013.

2011

October 2011 – With Congress failing to pass a budget out of both houses by the September 30 deadline, the federal fiscal year begins without the promised funding to forestall the SNAP cuts scheduled to take effect on November 1, 2013

April 2011—The House of Representatives passes a 2012 budget that includes additional cuts to SNAP.

January 2011—In the 2012 budget that he sends to Congress, President Obama includes funding that would restore the cuts to SNAP scheduled to take effect on November 1, 2013.

2010

December 13, 2010 — President Obama signs legislation that cuts future SNAP benefits in order to pay for a six-cent-per-meal increase in the federal reimbursement for school lunches. The President makes a commitment to work with Congress to restore funding before the cuts take effect on November 1, 2013.