CFPA Submits Comments Opposing Latest USDA Proposal to Cut SNAP/CalFresh


Published on Dec 2, 2019 in CalFresh, Federal Advocacy

CFPA has submitted public comments in opposition to USDA’s latest proposal to cut SNAP/CalFresh. As a reminder, this is the the Trump administration’s third proposal to cut SNAP this year alone, not counting the newly finalized (but not yet implemented) rule expanding the scope of “public charge.”

If enacted, USDA estimates the newest proposed rule would cut SNAP funding by $4.5 billion over five years. If the three proposals were enacted together, an estimated 3.7 million fewer people and 2.1 million fewer households would receive SNAP in an average month, and annual benefits would decrease by $4.2 billion.

As with those submitted in opposition to the previous harmful rule change, CFPA’s comments call on USDA to “immediately withdraw this misguided proposal.” Read our comments in opposition here.

CFPA would like to thank our partners, supporters, and other stakeholders who also submitted comments opposing the proposed rule. Combined, the three proposed administrative changes received over 300,000 comments from food banks, policy advocates, legal services, faith based organizations, unions, business leaders and government officials from across the country. The final rules for those proposals remain pending. CFPA and our partners expect a similarly robust response to this harmful proposal and will continue to fight to prevent hunger and protect the rights of low-income Californians.

Read our California partners’ joint statement opposing the new rule here.

Please stay tuned for more updates from CFPA on how you can help protect food assistance for low-income Californians in the face of ongoing attacks from the federal administration.

Stay up to date by signing up for our Action Alerts and following us at @CAFoodPolicy.

Questions? Contact: Jared Call at 323.401.4972


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