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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for May 2013

The latest information on SNAP/ Food Stamp advocacy in Massachusetts.


A hour ago, the Mass State Senate voted down the Hedlund amendment that would have required a costly photo ID EBT cards for all SNAP and cash assistance recipients in Massachusetts. 

As promised, this is a busy week on the SNAP front on just about every level.  Please see email alert below from our colleagues at FRAC.  Please note, Senators Warren and Cowan are BOTH on the Gillibrand amendment. Please thank them, and urge them to  fight hard against ALL the negative amendments below that seek to restrict SNAP eligibility and benefits. 

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From: Food Research and Action Center <emelcher@frac.org>

Thanks to all who attended this AM's Coalition meeting. The FY2014 Senate Budget debate gears up tomorrow. We need your help getting Senate support on three important positive nutrition related amendments, and your help getting your Senator to vote AGAINST the harmful EBT photo ID and related amendments. Below is a brief description of specific amendments and a fact sheet on EBT photo ID. 

Please SUPPORT these three Nutrition Programs Amendments 

May 2013 meeting of the Boston SNAP Coalition: Tuesday, May 21st from 10 to Noon at MLRI -- 99 Chauncy Street, 5th floor (Note this is a change from St. Francis House).  
We are meeting the 3rd Tuesday of May to avoid Mem Day weekend. The Coalition AGENDA includes: 
1)  Update on Farm Bill deliberations in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House - What's on the table and what we need to do to protect and defend SNAP 
2)  Update on SNAP benefits COLA rollback scheduled for November 1, 2013 - impact on Massachusetts SNAP clients

Yesterday, May 15, 2013, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 (FY 14). This follows the Governor’s budget proposal released in January, which is referred to as House 1, and the House budget process that was completed in April, and it precedes debate on the budget by the full Senate during the week of May 20. Proposed amendments to the Senate Ways and Means proposal must be filed 3:00 PM on Friday, May 17. 

Late last night, the House Agriculture Committee passed its farm bill (H.R. 1947), a bill that includes a $20.5 billion/10 years cut to SNAP - by a vote of 36-10. Rep. Congressman Jim McGovern’s (D-MA) amendment in the House Ag Committee to restore the $20.5 billion SNAP cut in the bill failed by a vote of 17-27.  This is disappointing but please thank Congressman McGovern for his valiant efforts to protect SNAP from cuts.  The House budget now moves the the House Floor.

Despite Growing Numbers of Working Poor, Poverty Nearly Ignored by Media
  
(US News & World Report, May 1, 2013)

Beginning with the claim-week ending May 4, 2013, unemployment insurance claimants on Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) extensions will have their benefits reduced by 12.8% because of the federal sequester. 

At recent Food SNAP Coalition meeting and the March meeting with the Web Unit, two issues were brought up that impact clients with limited English proficiency (LEP). We want to highlight these issues in case your clients experience them during the SNAP application  process.