Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26574/all en Report questions U.S. food stamp program's effectiveness http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/report-questions-us-food-stamp-programs-effectiveness <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* USDA ignores some factors in determining benefits -report</p> <p>* Should consider access to food, preparation costs</p> <p>* Regional food price differences also an issue</p> <p>By Lisa Lambert and Susan Heavey</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A report by a panel of experts released on Thursday questioned whether the U.S. government's food stamp program adequately provides for healthy diets for the more than 47 million low-income people who rely on the benefit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/report-questions-us-food-stamp-programs-effectiveness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Federal assistance in the United States food Health Labor Social Issues Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Technology United States Department of Agriculture Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:30:06 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735808 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Report questions U.S. food stamp program's effectiveness http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-1-report-questions-us-food-stamp-programs-effectiveness <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* USDA slow to adjust benefits to rising food costs</p> <p>* Government should consider access to food, preparation costs</p> <p>* Program under pressure for funding cuts</p> <p>By Lisa Lambert and Susan Heavey</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A report by a panel of experts released on Thursday questioned whether the U.S. government's food stamp program adequately provides for healthy diets for the more than 47 million low-income people who rely on the benefit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-1-report-questions-us-food-stamp-programs-effectiveness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Federal assistance in the United States food Health Labor Social Issues Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Technology United States Department of Agriculture Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:45:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735888 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-US Republicans seek farm subsidy cuts, mull food stamps to cash http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/update-1-us-republicans-seek-farm-subsidy-cuts-mull-food-stamps <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Charles Abbott</p> <p>WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday proposed $31 billion in farm subsidy cuts and the conversion of food stamps into a cash benefit program, as a way to help balance the federal budget in 10 years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/update-1-us-republicans-seek-farm-subsidy-cuts-mull-food-stamps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Federal assistance in the United States food Politics Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program United States Department of Agriculture Thomson Reuters Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:01:39 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5781190 at http://www.globalpost.com House panel set to OK cut in food stamps as conservatives demand that the program be trimmed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130515/house-panel-set-ok-cut-food-stamps-conservatives-demand-the- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - A House committee rebuffed Democratic efforts Wednesday to keep the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program whole, as debate on the farm bill turned into a theological discourse on helping the poor.</p> <p>The House bill would cut about $2.5 billion a year — or a little more than 3 per cent — from the food stamp program, which is used by 1 in 7 Americans.</p> <p>The committee rejected an amendment by Democrats to strike the cuts 27-17, keeping them in the bill.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130515/house-panel-set-ok-cut-food-stamps-conservatives-demand-the-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural subsidy Biofuels Business Federal assistance in the United States food Social Issues Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program United States Department of Agriculture The Canadian Press Wed, 15 May 2013 23:30:17 +0000 The Canadian Press 5838814 at http://www.globalpost.com Deep divide in Congress over domestic food aid in massive farm bill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130516/deep-divide-congress-over-domestic-food-aid-massive-farm-bil <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - The House and Senate Agriculture Committees laid the groundwork this week for reducing the size of the federal food stamp program, approving farm bills that would shrink food aid and alter the way people qualify for it.</p> <p>The two chambers are far apart on how much the $80 billion-a-year program should be cut, however, reflecting a deep ideological and at times emotional divide on the role of government in helping the poor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130516/deep-divide-congress-over-domestic-food-aid-massive-farm-bil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biofuels Business Federal assistance in the United States Social Issues Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program The Canadian Press Thu, 16 May 2013 20:45:12 +0000 The Canadian Press 5839686 at http://www.globalpost.com Senate votes to make small cut to food stamps in farm bill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130521/senate-votes-make-small-cut-food-stamps-farm-bill <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Tuesday to keep a $400 million annual cut — or roughly a half of 1 per cent — to the food stamp program as part of a major five-year farm bill.</p> <p>Food stamps now cost almost $80 billion annually and are used by 1 in 7 Americans. The House and Senate have differed sharply on how much the domestic food aid should be cut, with the House version of the farm bill proposing to cut five times more than the Senate bill and change eligibility rules for recipients.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130521/senate-votes-make-small-cut-food-stamps-farm-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Federal assistance in the United States Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program United States Department of Agriculture The Canadian Press Tue, 21 May 2013 22:30:36 +0000 The Canadian Press 5843232 at http://www.globalpost.com Senate votes to cut insurance subsidies to rich farmers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130523/senate-votes-cut-insurance-subsidies-rich-farmers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The wealthiest 20,000 U.S. farmers should pay more for taxpayer subsidized crop insurance, the Senate voted on Thursday, adopting a measure that blended deficit reduction, populism and farm program reform.</p> <p>Senators approved the amendment by a lopsided 59-33 vote, in defiance of Agriculture Committee leaders. The move would save $1.3 billion over a decade by reducing the premium subsidy for growers with more than $750,000 of adjusted gross income.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130523/senate-votes-cut-insurance-subsidies-rich-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agricultural subsidy Business Human Interest Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Technology United States Department of Agriculture Thomson Reuters Fri, 24 May 2013 02:47:13 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5845181 at http://www.globalpost.com Senate passes farm bill; food stamp fight looms in House http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130610/senate-passes-farm-bill-food-stamp-fight-looms-house <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Charles Abbott</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-run U.S. Senate passed a $500 billion, five-year farm bill on Monday that expands a taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance program and rejects sweeping cuts in food stamps for the poor being pursued in the House of Representatives.</p> <p>The bill passed easily, 66 to 27, and now goes to the Republican-controlled House.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130610/senate-passes-farm-bill-food-stamp-fight-looms-house" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Federal assistance in the United States Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Technology United States Department of Agriculture Thomson Reuters Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:32:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5854794 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. doctors target sugary drinks bought by government http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130619/us-doctors-target-sugary-drinks-bought-government <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Madeline Will</p> <p>NEW YORK (Reuters) - The American Medical Association joined the effort to discourage consumption of sugary drinks on Wednesday with a pledge to work to get them off U.S. government food aid programs for the poor.</p> <p>The nation's largest physician group said removing the sugary beverages from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would help reduce weight-related health problems.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130619/us-doctors-target-sugary-drinks-bought-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> American Beverage Association Business Health Hospitality Labor Law Politics Social Issues Soft drink Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Thomson Reuters Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:32:39 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5861804 at http://www.globalpost.com House votes to delay food safety rules, cut food stamps by $2B a year as part of farm bill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130620/house-votes-delay-food-safety-rules-cut-food-stamps-2b-year- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - The House voted late Wednesday to delay sweeping food safety rules that would require farmers and food companies to be more vigilant about guarding against contamination.</p> <p>Lawmakers adopted an amendment by voice vote to a wide-ranging farm bill just before midnight that would delay the rules signed into law in 2011 until the Food and Drug Administration conducts a study on their economic impacts.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130620/house-votes-delay-food-safety-rules-cut-food-stamps-2b-year-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Environment Federal assistance in the United States food Health Politics Social Issues Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program United States Department of Agriculture The Canadian Press Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:31:43 +0000 The Canadian Press 5862041 at http://www.globalpost.com House deals shock defeat to farm bill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130621/house-deals-shock-defeat-farm-bill <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Charles Abbott</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican budget-cutters joined with Democratic defenders of food stamps on Thursday to deal a shocking defeat to the proposed $500 billion, five-year farm bill backed by Republican leaders, undermining hopes of enacting such legislation before the current stop-gap law expires.</p> <p>"Today's failure leaves the entire food and agriculture sector in the lurch," the American Soybean Association, a group which represents growers, said in a statement.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130621/house-deals-shock-defeat-farm-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Federal assistance in the United States Politics Social Issues Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program United States Department of Agriculture Thomson Reuters Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:35:42 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5862716 at http://www.globalpost.com With scaled-back farm bill passed, House GOP turns to cutting food stamp program http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130712/scaled-back-farm-bill-passed-house-gop-turns-cutting-food-st <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - House approval of a scaled-back farm bill is setting up what could be an even bigger fight over food stamps and the role of domestic food aid in the United States.</p> <p>Food stamps have been a part of farm bills since the 1970s to gain urban Democratic votes for the rural measure. But that union has soured this year as the food aid has exploded in cost and House Republicans have taken aim at the program. Normally bipartisan, farm bills have become much less so.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130712/scaled-back-farm-bill-passed-house-gop-turns-cutting-food-st" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Environment Federal assistance in the United States food Health Politics Social Issues Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program United States Department of Agriculture The Canadian Press Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:32:57 +0000 The Canadian Press 5882262 at http://www.globalpost.com FACT CHECK: Food stamps not going anywhere soon, despite dire warnings on House floor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130712/fact-check-food-stamps-not-going-anywhere-soon-despite-dire- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - One after another, angry Democrats took to the House floor to say Republicans would increase hunger in America by stripping food stamps from the farm bill.</p> <p>In reality, though, the bill passed by the House on Thursday didn't deal with food stamps at all. And the lack of congressional action on food stamps could keep the $80 billion-a-year program untouched by the cuts that each party had proposed.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130712/fact-check-food-stamps-not-going-anywhere-soon-despite-dire-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Federal assistance in the United States food Philately Social Issues Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program The Canadian Press Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:04:11 +0000 The Canadian Press 5882829 at http://www.globalpost.com Republicans stalling on finalizing farm bill: Senate's Stabenow http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130715/republicans-stalling-finalizing-farm-bill-senates-stabenow <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ros Krasny</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate is ready to start conference proceedings to finalize a new farm bill but the House of Representatives has not sent its version of the bill for consideration, the chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee said on Monday.</p> <p>"I'm very concerned that the process start moving this week," Senator Debbie Stabenow said, noting that there are just 24 scheduled legislative days in the Senate before the current bill expires.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130715/republicans-stalling-finalizing-farm-bill-senates-stabenow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Debbie Stabenow Debbie Stabenow Michigan Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Thomson Reuters Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:02:08 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5884681 at http://www.globalpost.com Farm bill on hold while House tries again on food stamp cuts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130725/farm-bill-hold-while-house-tries-again-food-stamp-cuts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Charles Abbott</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled House will try to cut billions of dollars from the food stamp program before negotiating an overall farm bill with the Senate, the House majority leader said on Thursday two months before the current farm law expires.</p> <p>Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the House "eventually" would open final-round discussions with the Senate on a farm bill that could cost $100 billion a year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130725/farm-bill-hold-while-house-tries-again-food-stamp-cuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Federal assistance in the United States Politics Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program United States House of Representatives Thomson Reuters Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:41:27 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5894110 at http://www.globalpost.com