Debt Ceiling Compromise Means Cuts to Assistance
The recent debt ceiling deal in the US Congress includes a significant shift in the funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program’s funding will move from a contingency fund to the regular budget, potentially providing more stability. However, some advocates worry that this change could make it easier for Congress to cut SNAP funding in the future. The deal also alters the way SNAP benefits are calculated, which may lead to some households receiving less assistance. Additionally, the agreement will gradually increase age limits for work requirements, reaching a maximum age of 54 by 2025, but this provision will expire in 2030. The article highlights the importance of the SNAP program shift as a result of the debt ceiling deal.
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