August 2, 2013
Over the August recess, the House Republican leadership plans to draft a bill to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) by $40 billion over 10 years. This decision comes in the wake of the House's failure in June to pass their version of the Farm Bill, which guides and authorizes funding for most federal farm, food and nutrition policies. Originally, the House proposed $20 billion in cuts over 10 years to SNAP. The failure to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill in June caused the House leadership to split nutrition elements and pass an agriculture-only bill in early July; as predicted, this has put SNAP in an extremely vulnerable position. AIDS United considers this to be an appalling strike upon people who have been hit hardest by the recession, including people with HIV and we continue to work in coalition with organizations like the Food Research and Action Center to advocate against such detrimental cuts.