Funding: Archives 2014 & Earlier

House Passes Farm Bill Cutting SNAP $8.6 Billion Over 10 Years


The House of Representatives Wednesday passed a new farm bill, which includes cuts the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), often referred to as food stamps, that could impact as many as 1.7 million Americans.

The bill would trim $8.6 billion in SNAP funding over the next decade. The proposed budget cuts would impact an estimated 850,000 households in 17 states, who would see their average SNAP benefits reduced by approximately $90 a month.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president would sign the bill if it passed the Senate.

The cuts come on the heels of a general reduction in benefits last November, in which all SNAP participants saw their monthly benefits cut by $30.

The bipartisan proposal facing a floor vote would likely impact families with “nominal” state Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefits most, as under the bill, such households would not be allowed to receive standard deductions for shelter and utility costs.

SNAP beneficiaries in two-thirds of the nation are unlikely to see any substantial benefits losses if the bill passes, though about 10 percent of beneficiaries in the other one-third are likely to see reductions.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that about four percent of SNAP participants in the U.S. will see benefits cut, as the total amount of SNAP benefits is reduced over the next decade by approximately 1.3 percent.

More than 47 million Americans are currently enrolled in the federal SNAP program. According to the Coalition for Human Needs (CHN) each dollar contributed to SNAP produces anywhere from $1.73 to $1.79 in economic benefits. A $1 billion cut in SNAP funding, CHN states, could  possibly result in more than 13,000 individuals becoming unemployed.  

A previous House bill would have shaved nearly $40 billion from the SNAP budget over the next 10 years, which would have resulted in nearly 4 million current beneficiaries losing program eligibility.

Other controversial provisions in the previous House bill, including the elimination of the categorical eligibility option and giving states the ability to drug test SNAP beneficiaries, have been omitted from the current proposal.


Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.


Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.


We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Donors may be quoted, mentioned or featured in our stories. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions…(read more)

Youth Today's ISSN: 10896724
Our XML website site map:

Recent Comments



Logo Grant professional Association Business Alliance
LOGO Institute for Nonprofit News 3 turquoise boxes stacked in "J" shape

Copyright © 2019 Youth Today and MVP Themes --- Published by Center for Sustainable Journalism,
1200 Chastain Rd, MD 00310, Chastain Pointe Bldg 300, Suite 310, Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

To Top