Oct. 29, 2013 11:59pm Oliver Darcy
Democratic lawmakers in Congress are racing against the clock to pass legislation in time to prevent America from flying off what they are calling the “food stamp cliff.”
The “food stamp cliff” is the expiration of the temporary increase in funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provided for by the 2009 stimulus bill that will expire at the end of October, according to The Hill’s Floor Action Blog.
If the increase is not renewed, a single adult’s benefits will reportedly be cut by $11 a month to a total of $189.
In this photo taken Tuesday Oct. 1, 2013 volunteers gather food at the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester, N.H. to be delivered around the state. The temporary increase in food stamps also know as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program expires Oct. 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help them put food on the table every month won’t stretch as far as they have for the past four years. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
The “Extend Not Cut SNAP Benefits Act,” proposed by John Conyer’s (D-Mich.), would “amend the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to extend the period during which supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits are temporarily increased.”
The economy today, food-stamps for everyone. How long can we eat our own heart out?