Reauthorization of SNAP and Other Nutrition Programs in the Next Farm Bill: Issues for the 113th Congress [December 10, 2013]   [open pdf - 0B]

"The 113th Congress is considering the next 'farm bill' and the reauthorization of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other nutrition programs within that legislation. The 2008 farm bill (P.L. 110-246) and a one-year extension have now expired. In the first session of the 113th Congress, conference committee deliberations have begun based on the Senate's conference proposal (S. 954) and the House's conference proposal (H.R. 2642, amended to include Nutrition-only bill H.R. 3102). […] The House proposal would reauthorize SNAP and related programs for three years, while the Senate would reauthorize the programs for five years. […] The House and Senate proposals include many policy changes in this area, including requiring stores to stock more fresh foods, requiring retailers to pay for their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) machines, and additional funding for combatting trafficking (the sale of SNAP benefits). Both House and Senate bills would increase the funding available for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the program that provides USDA foods and federal support to emergency feeding organizations (e.g., food banks and food pantries). Taking into account CBO's estimates of inflation, the Senate would increase funding by $54 million over 10 years, and the House would increase funding by $333 million over 10 years. The conference proposals include many other changes to SNAP and related programs' policy. These changes include amendments to the nutrition programs operated by tribes and territories, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), and the distribution of USDA foods to schools."

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