Food Stamps Cut By $5 Billion. 5 Reasons That's a Bad Idea

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Today, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — aka SNAP, aka food stamps — will be cut by thirteen percent, or $5 billion, due to the expiration of a temporary boost in the program’s spending from the 2009 stimulus package. These cuts, the vast majority of which will affect families with children, are unrelated to House Republicans’ unrelenting efforts to slash the program as much as possible, although the GOP is surely writhing in delight over these latest cuts.

But they shouldn’t be. The benefits of food stamps reach beyond just the people who receive them, and if Congress had any sense, they’d vote to sustain the increased funding for the program, at least until the recession wanes a bit more. Here are five reasons why.

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