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Arthur Delaney

Who Gets Food Stamps? White People, Mostly

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gene Alday, a Republican member of the Mississippi state legislature, apologized last week for telling a reporter that all the African-A...

Child Poverty Would Be Almost Twice As High If Safety Net Programs Didn't Exist: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact

Child poverty in the U.S. would be significantly worse if government assistance programs weren't in place, a new report suggests. A study released...

Congressman Urges Constituents To Spy On Food Stamp Users: Report

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's not unusual for a Republican lawmaker to relate stories of poor people using food stamps to buy questionable items. It's less commo...

Let's Stop Debating If Poor Pregnant Women Should Eat Potatoes And Teach Them Proper Nutrition Instead

Slate | L.V. Anderson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact

A new study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and executed by the nonprofit research group Institute of Medicine, attempts to answer...

Arthur Delaney

Republicans Want To Require Photo ID For Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even though the previous Congress spent two years fighting over comprehensive food stamp legislation, some Republicans in the current Co...

Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

So many children have lost ground as the trumped-up fear of excessive debt children did not cause has been used by some in Congress to cut safety net programs we know work.

Maine Moves Forward With Welfare Drug Testing

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is moving forward with a plan to make some welfare recipients take drug tests if they want cash benefits, The...

Arthur Delaney

1 Million Expected To Be Kicked Off Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Food stamp enrollment is expected to fall by 1 million next year thanks to harsher rules, according to a new report by a liberal Washing...

Rules Suspended During Recession Making A Comeback, Jeopardizing Benefits For Many

Stateline | Jake Grovum | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Data Cast Doubts On Claims That Food Stamp Program Is Riddled With Waste, Fraud, Abuse

Pew's Stateline | Jake Grovum | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Hunter Stuart

The Percentage Of Americans Who Can't Afford Food Hasn't Budged Since The Recession Peaked

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business

On a recent night last week, dinner for Jill Taormina and her family was Totino’s Pizza Rolls with a side of canned pears. There was no other food o...

Arthur Delaney

Just How Much Does Paul Ryan Want The Government To Plan Poor People's Lives?

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the government could better fight poverty if poor people worked with ...

Arthur Delaney

States Undo Food Stamp Felon Bans

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two states are taking small steps away from a little-known aspect of the war on drugs. The California Legislature has just passed a...

An Agenda for Fighting Hunger in Our Communities Year-Round

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

Hunger is a daily reality for millions of Americans, and has negative consequences for individuals of all ages. However, it is especially harmful for the development and well-being of children. Inadequate nutrition can permanently alter a child's development.

No Drug Tests For Food Stamp Recipients, Feds Tell Georgia

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government has put the state of Georgia on formal notice that it can't make poor people take drug tests when they apply for ...

Arthur Delaney

ANOTHER State Offsets Food Stamp Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Massachusetts on Tuesday became the eighth state to announce new measures to protect food stamp beneficiaries from cuts recently approve...

Arthur Delaney

Obama Administration Won't Delay Food Stamp Cuts, But States Can

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Food stamp recipients affected by benefit cuts Congress passed in February will get no reprieve from the Obama administration. The U....

Food Stamp Surfer Aces Fox News Interview

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In their quest to cut nutrition spending last year, Republicans held up Jason Greenslate as the perfect example of somebody who should n...

Arthur Delaney

13 Famous People Who Once Got Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Jan Koum sold his company, WhatsApp, to Facebook for $19 billion on Wednesday, he signed the paperwork against the front door of th...

A Hand Up Is Not a Handout

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Let's do a mini-lesson in critical thinking. Here's a glossary of programs that many lawmakers love to hate. Let's examine whether they are a drain on or a benefit to individuals, their families and our communities.

Ethics Aside, SNAP Is Good for the Economy

Madeline Ruoff | Posted 04.15.2014 | Teen
Madeline Ruoff

In reducing SNAP, we're targeting those who truly cannot afford it. A several dollar cut in a well-off person's food budget each month is nothing -- for the truly needy, it can be devastating.

Arthur Delaney

Proposed Food Stamp Cuts Are Much Smaller Than GOP Sought

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Though the farm bill unveiled Monday night by a bipartisan panel of House and Senate lawmakers contains $9 billion in cuts to the food s...

Farm Bill Agreement Would Cut Food Stamps

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House plan to make major cuts to food stamps would be scaled back under a bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill, a near en...

Farm Bill Agreement Could Come Within Days: Report

Reuters | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - An agreement on the long-overdue U.S. farm bill could be completed as soon as Monday, followed by final approval like...

The New Face Of Food Stamps

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps — a switch from a few years ...