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Faso Says Gillibrand Release is Misleading

In a recent article, The Reporter mis-characterized the House farm bill as something that would limit the ability of low-income Americans to access SNAP benefits. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

The SNAP changes proposed in the House farm bill are about one thing - helping to lift our neighbors out of poverty. This bill doesn’t make any cuts to the ability of qualified low-income families to access nutrition assistance. In fact, it doesn’t cut one dollar from the nutrition title and instead makes commonsense improvements to the current work requirement to incentivize work primarily for single adults without any children or disability.

This bill makes an unprecedented investment ($1 billion/ year) in the SNAP employment training program. The farm bill also goes so far to say that if you are subject to the work requirement, we will guarantee you a spot within an employment and training program. Additionally, the bill provides funding for caseworkers who can help put individuals on a sustainable path of self-sufficiency.

Finally, we are going to make it simpler for families to qualify for SNAP. Currently, families are penalized for having a savings account and other assets. The proposed changes in the House bill would allow a family on SNAP to have a savings account of up to $2,000 without that amount being counted in an asset test and the vehicle asset value is raised from $4,650 to $12,000. Both changes will make it easier for SNAP recipients to work without being penalized.

I will continue to support commonsense policies that lift our neighbors out of poverty. At the same time, taxpayers expect able-bodied people receiving government benefits to work.

REP. JOHN J. FASO

KINDERHOOK

Editor’s Note: The article Rep. Faso is referring to was taken directly from a press release issued by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on April 19; www.gillibrand.senate.gov/news/press/release.

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