food stamps

  • January 27, 2014   BY  

    For the first time, working-age people make up the majority of Americans relying on government food stamps — a major shift in trends from a few years ago when children and elderly made up the bulk of those receiving the benefit. Continue reading

  • NEWSHOUR WEEKEND
    January 11, 2014  

    When President Johnson declared a “War on Poverty” fifty years ago, images of the American poor focused on the inner-city and rural poor. What is the state of American poverty today? Megan Thompson reports on the less visible but growing number of poor in America’s suburbs. Continue reading

  • November 25, 2013  

    Stimulus funds used to boost the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program during the recession ran out Nov. 1, meaning the growing pool of Americans who rely on food stamps will have to make do with less. The NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks reports on how the cuts impact families and how other organizations are picking up the slack. Continue reading

  • November 1, 2013  

    Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program mean that the more than 47 million food stamp recipients will now receive less money each month to buy groceries. To examine the issue, Jeffrey Brown speaks with Ellen Teller of the Food Research and Action Center and Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation. Continue reading

  • October 7, 2013  

    As the effects of the shutdown take hold, longer-term fights over safety net programs continue. Jeffrey Brown talks to Jacob Hacker of Yale University and Stephen Parenti of the University of Minnesota about how states opting out of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion has stranded some uninsured Americans. Continue reading

  • NEWSHOUR WEEKEND
    September 21, 2013  

    After a showdown in the House ended with a vote to cut the nation’s food stamp program by $40 billion dollars, the controversial measure is headed to the Senate. Wall Street Journal reporter Damian Paletta breaks down some of the numbers behind the food stamp program and explains the impact of the proposed cuts. Continue reading

  • September 19, 2013  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives battled over a bill that would slash food stamps by $40 billion over the next decade. The Democrat-run Senate and White House oppose the bill. Also, a Texas appeals court threw out the money laundering conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom Delay. Continue reading

  • June 20, 2013  

    In other news Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a five-year, half-trillion dollar farm bill. The bill would have cut food stamps by $2 billion annually. Also, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has changed his mind and says he will participate in peace talks with the U.S. and the Taliban. Continue reading

  • June 6, 2013  

    The Senate will soon vote on the farm bill, which includes funding for food assistance programs that help roughly 47 million Americans. How would spending cuts impact needy families? Judy Woodruff hears debate from Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute and Lori Silverbush, co-director of the documentary "A Place at the Table." Continue reading

  • August 6, 2012  

    U.S. farmers have suffered greatly from drought this year, but the farm bill, promising help, failed to pass Congress before summer recess. In contention: food stamps. Judy Woodruff speaks to Daniel Newhauser of Roll Call about Congress’ unfinished business and whether they’ll make any headway before November elections. Continue reading

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