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Economic Justice

Blog: U.S. Corporations Should Demonstrate their Patriotism this Fourth of July

Jul 03, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

PATRIOTISM requires: Reasonable Revenue Responsible to the 100%. Read more

Blog: Investing in our Future

Jun 27, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Yesterday, 6/26/13, Senator Murray and the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing on the impact of federal budget decision on children (our future).  Read more

Blog: Budget Priorities

Jun 20, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

It is important to support Senator Mikulski in the overall spending level, and in proposing appropriations levels thast place the needs of people ahead of the military industrial complex.  Read more

Blog: More on SNAP - How Could They?

May 22, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Today, the Senate agreed by unanimous consent to accept an amendment - but no one thought to tweak it to protect innocent families.  Read more

Blog: Feed the Children? Feed the Elderly? Feed People with Disabilities?

May 22, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

The Farm Bill is currently on the floor in the Senate. Yesterday (May 21) was not a good day for hungry people. Read more

NETWORK Deplores SNAP Cuts in Farm Bill

Both the House and the Senate Agriculture Committees are making wrong-hearted decisions as they each mark up a farm bill with significant cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly known as food stamps). This is the programs that:

Means-tested Programs

Means-tested programs are those available to persons or households that fall below a given level of income or economic worth. They are key to the social-safety net, intended to prevent falling into deep poverty. Among the means-tested programs in the United States are Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (cash assistance), child care, selected education loans and grants, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance, refundable tax credits and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps). 

Fiscal Cliff

The second session of the 112 Congress came to a close with the passing of H.R. 8 (the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, or ATRA) on January 1, 2013. ATRA became law on the following day when President Obama signed the bill. This bill prevented the country from going off the so-called Fiscal Cliff.

Senate Budget - Food

Nutrition assistance programs have been significantly threatened by budgets proposed for the 2014 fiscal year. The “Responsible, Balanced Budget” presented by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would negatively impact SNAP, WIC, and other programs that help low-income families. Although over 90% of SNAP federal spending goes directly to needy families, the GOP’s budget proposes cutting the program by $135 billion over the next decade. Ryan also suggests reformatting the entire SNAP program and replacing it with lower-funded block grants, so states can “customize” the program.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition and health care program for low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children. Through WIC, women and children receive food packages to promote a nutritious diet and improve development. Recent changes provide a wider range of fruits, vegetables and whole grains as well as allowing certain substitutions such as rice, tortillas, tofu and a greater selection of beans. Women also receive nutrition education through WIC so they are better prepared to raise healthy children.

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