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Urge House and Senate Leadership to prioritize SNAP during the COVID-19 Pandemic - Please call your MOC TODAY

As promised on this AM's SNAP Call, below is the sign on letter that Congressman McGovern's office is distributing. Deadline is Noon, Friday, April 3rd.  If Members of Congress (MOCs) wish to sign-on, ask them to please  USE THIS FORM by 12p this Friday, 4/3. If MOC offices have questions, they can contact McGovern's staff at Saundrea.Shropshire@mail.house.gov.
 
 

 

 

 

Urge House and Senate Leadership to prioritize SNAP during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sending Office: Honorable James P. McGovern
Sent By: Saundrea.Shropshire@mail.house.gov

 

 

 

 

Request for Signature(s)

If you wish to sign-on, please  USE THIS FORM by 12p this Friday, 4/3.

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in sending a letter to House and Senate Leadership, asking that they prioritize the needs of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in any upcoming stimulus packages to address the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

SNAP is one of our country’s most vital social safety nets, and it will continue to play a critical role in reducing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty throughout the COVID-19 health crisis.  In light of this significance, this letter urges House and Senate leadership to incorporate three priorities that will: (1) boost the maximum SNAP benefit by 15 percent; (2) increase the monthly minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $30; and (3) place a hold on harmful rules proposed by the Executive Branch that weaken SNAP eligibility and benefits.

During this time of crisis, Americans must be able to turn to government benefits such as SNAP to put food on the table. In 2019, SNAP helped feed 38 million people across the country, but that number is likely to increase in the coming weeks and months, as a record-high 3.3 million people applied for unemployment benefits in just the last week.

It is imperative that we prioritize the needs of our most vulnerable communities during this difficult time.

If you wish to sign-on, please  USE THIS FORM by 12p this Friday, 4/3. If you have questions, please contact Drea Shropshire in Rep. McGovern’s office at Saundrea.Shropshire@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

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James P. McGovern

Member of Congress

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Marcia L. Fudge

Member of Congress

 

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Rosa DeLauro

Member of Congress

 

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Ayanna Pressley

Member of Congress

 

 

Letter Text:

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, Majority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Schumer:

As you consider legislative priorities in any upcoming stimulus packages to address the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, we urge you to incorporate provisions that will address the needs of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants.  SNAP is one of our country’s most vital social safety nets, and it will continue to play a critical role in reducing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty throughout the COVID-19 health crisis.  In light of this significance, we urge you to incorporate provisions that will: (1) boost the maximum SNAP benefit by 15 percent; (2) increase the monthly minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $30; and (3) place a hold on harmful rules proposed by the Executive Branch that weaken SNAP eligibility and benefits.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, a growing number of states are following guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by encouraging social distancing and issuing stay-at-home orders. As a result, thousands of industries were interrupted, and millions of Americans were thrown into financial uncertainty.  During this time of crisis, Americans must be able to turn to government benefits such as SNAP to put food on the table. In 2019, SNAP helped feed 38 million people across the country, but that number is likely to increase in the coming weeks and months, as a record-high 3.3 million people applied for unemployment benefits in just the last week.

The average SNAP benefit comes to approximately $1.40 per person per meal, and almost half of all SNAP families use up their entire benefit at the beginning of the month. At the height of the Great Recession in 2009, the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helped prevent large increases in poverty by increasing the maximum SNAP benefit by 13.6 percent, totaling to $1.74 per person per meal.  In order to mitigate the inevitable disruptions that the COVID-19 pandemic will bring, Congress must make a similar investment, by increasing maximum benefits by at least 15 percent.  To that same effect, increasing the monthly minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $30, will go a long way in helping single and + households keep food on the table.

Finally, Congress must also put a stop to harmful rules proposed by the Executive Branch that will weaken SNAP eligibility and benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In July 2019 and October 2019 respectively, the Trump Administration introduced two proposed rules that if enacted, will: (1) severely limit broad-based categorical eligibility and effectively throw hundreds of thousands of children off of school meal participation; and (2) strip states of their much needed flexibility to set their own Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) using state-based and current energy cost information.  These proposed rules circumvent congressional intent as laid-out in the 2018 Farm Bill and short of rescinding them, they should, at the very least, be stayed until the economy shows significant improvement.

We thank you for your consideration and close attention to these urgent matters.

 
 
 
 

 

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