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Sense of the Council on Support for the SNAP Program Resolution of 2012

Sense of the Council on Support for the SNAP Program Resolution of 2012

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Councilmember Mary M. Cheh
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A PROPOSED RESOLUTION
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IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
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Councilmember Mary M. Cheh introduced the following resolution, which was referred to the
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Committee on _______________.
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To declare the sense of the Council on its support of SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition
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Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) and its critical impact
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on the low-income residents of the District of Columbia.
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RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this
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resolution may be cited
as the “
Sense of the Council on Support for the Supplemental Nutrition
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Assistance Program Resolution
of 2012”.
 
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Sec. 2. The Council finds that:
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(1) The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are currently considering
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making drastic cuts to, and changes to the structure of the benefit entitlements provided by, the
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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), our nation's first line of defense against
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hunger, as part of the 2012 Farm Bill re-authorization.
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(2) The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) estimates that 12.6 percent of 
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all District households struggle to put food on the table; and SNAP is currently the nutritional
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lifeline for nearly 140,000 District residents, including 45,000 children and 10,000 seniors over
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60.
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(3) SNAP is targeted to the most vulnerable households in our communities, with
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292% of beneficiary households in D.C. having incomes below the federal poverty line.
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(4) SNAP not only benefits low-income families, it also spurs local economic
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activity and supports businesses that serve our low and moderate-income communities: in fact,
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Moody's Analytics estimates that every $1 spent in SNAP benefits generates $1.71 in economic
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activity.
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(5) S.3240, recently passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee, makes an
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estimated $4.5 billion dollars in cuts to SNAP over 10 years which would adversely affect
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current SNAP recipients and potential future applicants.
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(6) The U.S. House Agriculture Committee has in its version of the Farm Bill
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(H.R. 6083) proposed even larger cuts of $16 billion to SNAP over 10 years.
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(7) Both the House and Senate Versions of the Farm Bill limit a
state’s ability to
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employ the "Heat and Eat" option, which gives states the flexibility to provide SNAP households
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with a nominal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefit and by doing
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this, states are able to simplify the benefit calculation process and increase benefit allotments for
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a significant number of households.
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(8) States and the District of Columbia that have implemented the "Heat and Eat"
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option indicate that this simplification significantly reduces the administrative cost of SNAP and
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thus reduces lengthy waits and allows more residents to access the benefits they're entitled to.
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(9) The House Agriculture Committee proposal also makes changes to
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Categorical Eligibility for the program, which would reduce the access to SNAP that this
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Council enacted through passage of the D.C. Food Stamp Expansion Act of 2009 and potentially
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reduce access to school meals for D.C schoolchildren.
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