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Academy Opposes Proposed SNAP Rule

Thursday, December 5, 2019  
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The Academy supports efforts to strengthen the positive impacts of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for health, well-being and economic activity for all recipients, not reducing the amount of benefits for already vulnerable populations. In comments submitted yesterday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Academy voiced its opposition to the proposed rule that would standardize the heating and cooling standard utility allowances for SNAP and remove states’ flexibility to calculate state-specific standard utility allowances.

The proposed rule would: increase benefits for SNAP households in some states but reduce benefits for households in other states, disproportionately impacting seniors and individuals with disabilities; take state flexibility away from administering the program; and circumvent the bipartisan, bicameral effort of Congress to review and reauthorize SNAP in the 2018 Farm Bill, which had historical bipartisan support.