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The bill will “address food insecurity on college campuses by enabling more low-income college students to access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and pushing the federal government, states, and colleges and universities to take a more proactive role in addressing student food insecurity.”
Florida Democrats Lead Letter to Congressional Leaders Calling for Increased SNAP Benefits in Stimulus
The three South Florida representatives, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., led the letter and rounded up more than 60 of their colleagues to sign it.
Having won a third term in Congress last month, Lawson said that a potential final deal between the Democrats controlling the U.S. House and the Republicans in charge of the U.S. Senate was gaining momentum. Fox News reported on Wednesday that congressional leaders were also increasingly closer towards reaching a deal.
Currently, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) estimates that there are still percentages of adults and children in need of food and shows an increase of Floridians enrolled in SNAP between February and May.
Following initial approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), SNAP recipients’ maximum monthly allotment (based on household size) will be increased for the month of May. Once approved, current SNAP recipients will receive this additional benefit amount automatically.
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis says taxpayers are losing millions due to fraud and abuse of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program.
While Democrats on Capitol Hill ripping the new policies, insisting hundreds of thousands of Americans could be taken off SNAP, Purdue insisted it will save billions of taxpayer dollars and encourage more Americans to enter the workforce.
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